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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 Wednesday May 24

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £5.
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Sunday, August 25, 2013

CD Review: Ken Peplowski - Maybe September.

Ken Peplowski (clt/ten); Ted Rosenthal (pno); Martin Wind (bs); Matt Wilson (dms).
(Review by Lance)
With a cover painting by Edward Hopper the omens were good and the contents lived up to my expectations. Peplowski's in fine form here - come to think of it, when isn't he in fine form? Over the years I've heard him in various formats including memorable sessions with Marty Grosz and also Alan Barnes and he never fails to deliver.
The material is varied, a KP original - Always a Bridesmaid (not unlike Just You, Just me) is whimsically described by the composer as reflecting his position in the jazz magazine polls. Romanza, from the Poulenc Clarinet Sonata, is played fairly straight as is Lennon and McCartney's For No One. Other unusual choices include Nilsson's Without You, and Brian Wilson's Caroline. Duke's Main Stem and Artie's Moon Ray, are more in the jazz tradition whilst Now and Then There's a Fool Such as I was a hit for Hank Snow and later Elvis Presley! There's also a choice selection of standards - All Alone by the Telephone (I.Berlin), I'll String Along With You (Dubin and Warren) and Maybe September (Jay Livingstone, Ray Evans, Percy Faith.)
In many ways this is quite a melancholic disc. Most of the titles explore the theme of unrequited love and the emotional content is is to the fore. Nevertheless, KP pulls it off aided and abetted by a fine trio. To give an idea how they gelled - the complete session was done in around 3 hours!
Ken Peplowski - Maybe September is now available on Capri 74125-2.
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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