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Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Friday April 28

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Dean Stockdale Trio - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord - St. Cuthbert's Centre, Church Hill, Crook DL15 9DN. 7:30pm.
Matt Roberts Sextet - Voodoo Café, Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 8pm. £6. 01325 467555. Darlington Jazz Festival.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7:00pm.
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Lazy River Jazz Band - Blenkinsopp Castle Inn, Nr. Greenhead CA8 7JS. 8pm. £5. Dancers welcome! 07721 375278 for more details.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

CD Review: James Zoller - It's All Good People

James Zoller (tpt/flg) + The Modoc Horns - Kevin Bryan (tpt); Dion Tucker (tmb); Jerry Waldon (ten).
Special guests - Sheryl Rene (vcl); Cleave Guyton (fl); Erika Matsuo (vcl); Gregoire Maret (hca); Chuck McPherson (spoken word); 
Rick Germanson (keys); Freddie Bryant (gtr); Ron Richardson or Leo Traversa (bs); Bruce Cox (dms); Roland Guerrero (perc); Nabuka Kiryu (vcl).
(Review by Lance).
Kansas City born Zoller has acquired an impressive cv since moving to New York in 1984. This includes spells with the current incarnations of the Basie and Ellington bands and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra to mention but three.
His tone is full and round bringing Chris Botti to mind although he can be a more explosive player than Botti.
The album notes proclaim that this disc reveals a new, previously unexpected funk and Brazilian side to his.musicality. It's lyrical and at times adventurous but somehow it's a little on the smooth side for me. Rather like the music played in a sixties upmarket disco - not that I've ever been in any upmarket discos - but if I had I could imagine the music sounding a little like this. Apart from the final 56 seconds that is. For Cootie and Clark has him growling and screaming like a true Ellingtonian - if only we'd had a little more of that.
Apart from Zoller, Tucker, Waldon, Guyton and Bryant also impress and the vocals scattered around do okay - but funk? I prefer my funk a little earthier, more soulful.
Nevertheless, the musicianship is faultless - ne'er a bum played - and maybe that's the rub...
James Zoller: It's All Good People is released on JZAZ Records on August 13.
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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