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Frank Zappa: "There was so much acid during the '60s that it was very easy for large numbers of people to think they had seen God as soon as the Beatles went boom, boom, boom, you know?." - (DownBeat May 18, 1978). – (DownBeat May 18, 1978).

Ryan Keberle: “Don't be easy on yourself when it comes to playing with perfect intonation. All other instruments will be playing with close-to-perfect intonation; the same should be expected of trombonists.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Thursday March 22


Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Higher Education & Research Presents: Future Grooves - Sage Gateshead. 12 noon. £5.00. Showcase performances by BMus & BA degree course students featuring jazz and non-jazz sets.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - White Horse Hotel, Burtree Lane, Harrowgate Hill, Darlington DL1 3AD. Tel: 01325 463262. 1:30pm. Free.


MGB: Milne Glendinning Band - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00. Milne, Glendinning, Katy Trigger (bass) & Nik Alevroyiannis (drums).

BABMUS @ Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. £3.00. (£2.00. students/MU).

Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra - St Cuthbert’s Centre, Church Hill, Crook DL15 9DN. Tel: 01388 765002. 7:30pm. £7.50., £5.00. child, £20.00. family.

Higher Education & Research Presents: Future Grooves - Sage Gateshead. 7:30pm. £5.00. Showcase performances by BMus & BA degree course students featuring jazz and non-jazz sets.

Ada Francis & the Italic Quartet - Las Iguanas, Grey Street, Newcastle NE1 6AF. Tel: 0191 232 9729. 7:30pm. Fortnightly restaurant residency. Line-up: Ada Francis (vocals); Jimmy Jefford (tenor saxophone); Ben Richardson (piano); Luke Gaul (bass) & Harry Still (drums).

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter’s Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. Tel: 0191 488 8068. 8:30pm. Free.

Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocal); Richie Emmerson (tenor); Bruce Taylor (keys) - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

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

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

CD Review: Gianni Bianchini - Type 1

Gianni Bianchini (piano/vocals); Jason Marsalis (perc.); Richard Mikel (bass); Brandon Guerra (drums) + Karen Tennison (vocals).
(Review by Lance).
Not, as I'd falsely assumed, recorded in the heart of Rome but in Austin, Texas, by Floridian pianist cum singer Bianchini. 
A fine debut album.
A choice selection of GASbook items that reveal Bianchini to be a pianist of some standing. Although there's some Bill Evans in there, the overall impression is of Peterson in full flight tempered with Bianchini's own input.
A good combination!

My Romance, Time AfterTime, The Way You Look Tonight - the opening three tracks - has Bianchini setting down his piano stall with each one a 'must have'!
Then there's a vocal - our man is no slouch in that department either. Jimmy Van Heusen's I Could Have Told You So combines superb interpretation of the lyric and sympathetic piano accompaniment.
A swinging My Heart Stood Still stopped my heart from being anything but still! Big fat chords and rippling runs didn't do any harm either!.
The big fat chords and the rippling runs also featured on the vocal, Oh Look at me Now. Nice bass solo and some drum/piano fours added to the ambiance.
Softly as in a Morning Sunrise: straight ahead swing with lots of drive from bass, drums, percussion and, natch, piano. More fours.
I Wish I Knew brings Karen Tennison to the vocal mic. Scatting the Mack Gordon/Harry Warren tune into the 21st century, the girl does good only to be matched by Bianchini's solo. Nevertheless, the lady comes back and takes it out on a high with honours even.
A Foggy Day has the pianist in a more reflective mood. A gentle groove that sees a little bit Garner in the mix and some punchy drumming.
I'm Old Fashioned: A Jerome Kern tune, a Johnny Mercer lyric, a fine vocal and some outstanding piano driven by a rhythm section to die for - what more can I say 'cept, Shangri-la!
Peri's Scope (Periscope on CD!) is different from Bill Evans' take yet loses nothing by comparision.
Two For the Road; A reflective piece by Henry Mancini.
A near-perfect CD. Near? Which artistic incompetent decided to display the text as gray on gray? Now, whilst there may be 40 shades of gray, there are only 2 here and so close as to be almost indistinguishable!
Still, the music speaks for itself.
Highly recommended.

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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.
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