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Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Steve Voce: “Most of us have been crashed into by cretins who walk along the road absorbed in the screens of their mobile phones.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

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Today Friday May 26

Afternoon
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Paul Wilkinson - St. Nicholas Cathedral, St. Nicholas Square, Newcastle NE1 1PF. 1:05pm. Retiring collection.
Mark Williams/Joel Byrne McCullough - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Ruth Lambert Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm, £7 (£6 in advance.)
Hand to Mouth (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - High Friars Lane (Tyneside Cinema), Free, al fresco, 8pm. food and drink available.
?????????? - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8pm. Free.
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Imelda May - Sage Gateshead. 7pm. £38.20/£27.30 VIP Option £104.
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Ushaw College, nr. Durham. 7:30pm. £7.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

CD Review: Carla Bley/Andy Sheppard/Steve Swallow - Trios.

Carla Bley (pno); Andy Sheppard (sop/ten); Steve Swallow (bs).
Deep explorative seams richly veined with ne'er a note out of places. All three are joined at the hip musically. Each one plowing his or her own furrow but always in sympathy with the other. Sheppard has grown in stature over the years enabling him to stand tall alongside Bley and Swallow who are both equally impressive.
No pet shop fires here but musicality of the first order.
The compositions, all by Bley, I'm led to believe, aren't new having been in her repertoire for a number of years. So, in many ways, this is a nostalgic trip but I'm sure they've brought new ideas to the table. The pianist isn't one of those look how many notes I can play but a sensitive, introvert seeking meaning rather than madness. Swallow is not only rhythmical but melodic too contributing bass guitar lines that could have been played on a guitar - maybe he uses a 5 or 6 string bass?
Sheppard plays both tenor and soprano with insight and much emotion plus a cool, ice-like fluidity on The Girl Who Cried Champagne. This is quite an intriguing piece that takes in many moods.
The trio open in Portugal on September 3 and take in Germany, The Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Luxembourg, France, Sweden and London's Wigmore Hall on November 24 as part of the London Jazz Festival.
The CD: Carla Bley/Andy Sheppard/Steve Swallows - Trios is released on September 9 on ECM 372 4551.
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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