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Bebop Spoken There

Les Paul: "Okay so you make great sounds. The people you're playing for, they work all day, they don't go to music schools and study harmony. They pay their dough, they come in, they listen. If they don't understand what you're doing, they walk out. What are you supposed to do, tie 'em with a rope whilst you explain you're playing great music?" - (Down Beat June 15, 1951).

Jack Perciful: "Unless you're playing somewhere like Carnegie Hall, in the States, the piano is the last thing they buy. When they've got ten dollars left over they go buy a piano." - (Crescendo October 1971.)

Number 22!

Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 22 in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Sunday May 28

Afternoon.
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
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Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Northumberland Park, Tynemouth Rd., Tynemouth NE30 2HA. 3pm. 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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Evening
Cancelled! Young Musicians Jam Session - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm. Cancelled!
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Billy Bootleggers All Star House Band w. Teresa Watson - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Thursday, August 29, 2013

CD Review: Charles Evans – Subliminal Leaps

Charles Evans – baritone saxophone, Dave Liebman soprano saxophone, Ron Stablinsky – Piano, Tony Marino – Bass
(Review by Steve Horowitz)
This album was written by Charles Evans specifically for the Soprano Sax of Dave Liebman the album was recorded in St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Pennsylvania.
Dreamed-Out March sees  staccato  type exchanges between Soprano and Baritone then Stabinsky’s light piano takes over  before the horns join in for the finale. 
Certain Soprano is a gentle mournful showcase for Liebman’s eloquent soprano. Mahler Method is an extended piece featuring the whole quartet. Interruptions with the non reed players predominant separates this piece from the title and longest track on the album Subliminal Leaps. This is a little more uptempo than the rest of the album with the soprano and Baritone playing off against each other once more. The album concludes with the short piece Reprise.
.Evans and Liebman aficionados  will I’m  sure  enjoy this freely improvised, introspective, tonal work. Personally I found this album rather heavy and quite hard work maybe the absence of any drums to drive the music along contributed to my inability to fully engage with the music. Hopefully this reviewer will reflect on this audio experience with a little more positivity once the subliminal effects of this piece have begun to lodge in his psyche.
Charles Evans – Subliminal Leaps will be  released on the More is More label on September 10.
Steve.

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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.
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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.)
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