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Bebop Spoken There

Sonny Rollins: "I work very hard. I wear out suits playing." - (Downbeat May 29, 1969.)

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Bob Brookmeyer: "The group's philosophy? We're saving to buy new uniforms - the ties wore out." - (Crescendo March 1965).

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Today Sunday March 26

Afternoon.
Ralph Keeley (solo piano) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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The Blitz Sisters - The Exchange, Howard St., North Shields NE30 1SE. 1pm. £20 inc. Afternoon tea.
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More Jam - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Open jam session. Free.
Evening
Dougie Pugh Quartet - Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm. £5.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

CD Review: Ali Ryerson's Jazz Flute Big Band - Game Changer.

Ali Ryerson (fl/md)Hubert Laws, Holly Hofmann and Nestor Torres + 16 flutes and Mark Levine (pno); Rufus Reid (bs); Akira Tana (dms).
(Review by Lance).
For years the flute was dismissed as 'not being' an authentic jazz instrument - the polls included it in their Miscellaneous Instruments section which was a disservice to the many fine flautists on the jazz scene. Wayman Carver with Benny Carter in the 1930's was perhaps the first but, since then, first with Frank Wess and Jerome Richardson, sax players who doubled, the instrument gained recognition. Herbie Mann was probably the first modern jazz player to make the instrument his main axe. In this country Harold McNair did the same during his brief spell on this planet. Then they all came along including Hubert Laws who is heavily featured on this disc.

A flute big band? 16 or 17 flutes plus rhythm might not at first seem like a swing recipe for success but, from the opening Daahoud I was hooked! 
Broken up into a traditional format with C flutes, alto flutes bass flutes and a contra bass representing sections the ensemble produce near as much tonal variation as you get from an orthodox big band setting.
Guest soloists Hubert Laws, Holly Hofmann and Nestor Torres supply the icing to this delightful cake.
The project itself is the brainchild of flute champion Ali Ryerson, herself an outstanding player. At no time did I miss the saxes, trumpets and trombones. A  great rhythm section added to this unusual but enjoyable set up. A choice selection of modern jazz standards - Shorter's Ana Maria; Oliver Nelson's Stolen Moments; Hancock's Speak Like Child;  Dizzy's Con Alma; Hefti's Girl Talk and Li'l Darlin'; Faurés Pavanne; Coltrane's Impressions;  Tom Harrell's Sail Away - made this an absolute gem.
If you're a flautist this album is a must. If you're not - it's still a one to check out.
Ali Ryerson's Jazz Flute Big Band - Game Changer is available on Capri Records.
Lance.

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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