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Number 22 in World Jazz Blog Rankings

Number 22 in World Jazz Blog Rankings

Bebop Spoken There

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).

Today Tuesday May 23

Evening
Davina & the Vagabonds - Sage Gateshead. 8pm. £18.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
Zoe Gilby: Pannonica - The Fox Inn, West End Tce., Hexham NE46 3DB. Free. 9pm.
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Saturday, August 24, 2013

CD Review: Cruz control - Le Comment du pOurqÙoi?

Julie Dehaye (Rhodes); Francois Lourtie (ten/sop); Jérome Heiderscheidt ( el. bs.); Jerome Klein aka La Normand (dms).
(Review by Lance).
I don't get too many review CDs from Belgium - in fact this may be the first! I viewed it with a little suspicion. Often discs from mainland Europe exceed my comfort zone. However, whilst this one occasionally pushes that zone to within sight of the limit it remains more or less inside it.
 All four musicians are firmly entrenched in the contemporary edge of modern jazz although only rarely do they touch on the cutting edge preferring instead to play original compositions by Dehaye, Lourtie and Heiderscheidt in an acceptable - to this reviewer - manner. If  such a genre exists as Chamber Contemporary Jazz then this is it.
Lourtie has a good sax sound on both tenor and soprano, terse probing phrases with spaces. Dehaye revives that almost extinct beast the Fender Rhodes, deploying its unique sounds effectively. Bass and drums add their individuality to the mix.
This won't be much help to Belgium buyers but if the band were based in the North East of England they could be either Splinter or Schmazz material .
Cruz control - Le Comment du pOurqÙoi? is available now.
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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