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Michelle Coltrane: "It was Geri Allen who told me, 'Why don't you work with a guitar player? It's a lot easier. They're mobile, all the pianos are out of tune'" - DownBeat March 2018.

Verneri Pohjola: “I've been trying to get away from being 'a young and promising trumpet player' for over twenty years” DownBeat March 2018.

Today Tuesday February 20

Afternoon

Classic Swing - The Ship, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.

Evening

Jam Session - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, April 28, 2014

CD Review: Vasilis Xenopoulos - The Wind Machine.

Vasilis Xenopoulos (ten); Steve Fishwick (tpt); Nigel Price (gtr); Bill Mudge (Hammond); Pete Cater (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Vasy crops up so frequently on this site that I no longer have to name check the spelling! The recent Wind Machine gigs at The Bridge Hotel, Newcastle and St. Cuthbert's Centre, Crook, created a lot of favourable waves and although the personnel, with the exception of Mr X, is totally different the tunes are the same i.e. swinging small group arrangements of big band classics.

Martin Shaw (live)? Steve Fishwick (CD)? you pays your money and you makes your choice - both top class players. Likewise Pete Cater (CD) Matt Home (live). The main difference is piano and bass (live) as opposed to B3 and guitar (CD).
Personally I lean towards the piano bass set up of the live gigs but it also has to be said that the Hammond does help create the big band sound they sought plus having Nigel Price on guitar is a bonus ball at any session.
Four Brothers, as I commented in my review of the Splinter gig at the Bridge, is just as amazing here and The Groove Merchant another one to savour. Tin Tin Deo; Corner Pocket; The Fun Club; The Wind Machine; Prelude to a Kiss/Sophisticated Lady; Splanky and Playhouse are the other titles with ne'er a dud amongst them!
A fitting reminder of a Greek who came blowing riffs.
Got to be among the CD of the year lists!
Check out www.33jazz.com.
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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