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

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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Thursday, August 08, 2013

CD Review: Mark Masters Ensemble - Everything You Did..

Mark Masters (ldr/arr.); Tim Hagens (tpt); Ryan Dragon (tmb);  Price (bs); Peter Erskine (dms); Billy Harper (ten); Gary Smulyan (bar); Hamilton Price (bs); Peter Erskine (dms) + Oliver Lake, Gary Foster (sax); Sonny Simmons (cor anglais) and others.
(Review by Lance).
Subtitled Playing the Music of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen you don't need to be a genius to work out that this is a Steely Dan tribute.
The arrangements by Masters are faithful to the spirit of the originals whilst, at the same time, bringing to the fore the jazz elements that were ever underpinning the Steely Dan versions.
Great soloists abound, shooting out of the ensembles like Usain Bolt from the blocks. Most prolific are Billy Harper on tenor reliving some of his halcyon moments with the Jones-Lewis Band and Tim Hagans on trumpet. 
Other notables include my number one baritone player Gary Smulyan and Gary Foster who is featured sensuously on Fire in the Hole.
Do it Again, perhaps Dan's best known number, has John Mitchell on bassoon and Sonny Simmons on cor anglais for an almost classical rendition.
All in all a rather splendid CD that should appeal to jazz fans and Dan fans alike.
Mark Masters Ensemble - Everything You Did is available on Capri Records.
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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