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Bebop Spoken There

Jackie McLean: “I can't understand British audiences. In Britain there doesn't seem to be any curiosity." (Melody Maker, April 1, 1961).

Charles Mingus: "It seems to me that if our records were not issued in Britain, the British cats would have to think for themselves" (Jazz News, July 26th 1961)

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Today Saturday July 22

Afternoon
SummerTyne Americana Festival 2017 - Sage Gateshead. Day two of three. Details. From 12 noon all day.
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Evening
Steve Glendinning (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
The Hookahs - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Big Chris Barber Band - Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. £21.50/£20.50.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

CD Review: Tomasz Stańko New York Quartet – December Avenue

Tomasz Stańko (trumpet); Davide Virelles (piano); Reuben Rogers (double bass); Gerald Cleaver (drums).
(Review by Hugh C.)
A decade ago Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stańko took an apartment in the city he considers the jazz capital of the world, New York, the stomping ground of all his early musical heroes.  Once resident it was not long before he was playing with some of the most gifted and creative players on the scene.  The first tangible record of this was the New York Quartet's first, much acclaimed release Wislawa.
Stańko's work is recognisable by the grainy tone and smeared notes, the lyrical and soulful themes characteristic of the noirish atmospheres they conjure.  He is generous with his compositions in allowing fellow band members time and space to express themselves.  December Avenue, the Quartet's second release, was recorded at studios in the south of France, with bass player Reuben Rogers (originally from the Virgin Islands) joining the band and forming a deep understanding with Cuban born pianist David Virelles and Detroit drummer Gerald Cleaver.
December Avenue, released as a CD with a generous 64 minutes of music is a treat.  There are twelve tracks in all:  Cloud – Conclusion – Blue Cloud – Bright Moon – Burning Hot – David and Reuben – Ballad for Bruno Shulz – Sound Space – December Avenue – The Street of Crocodiles – Yankiels Lid – Young Girl in Flower.  Each is classic Stańko, with extensive solo or tutti passages by the other band members interspersed or interrupted respectively by lyrical trumpet or stabbing interjections by Stańko.  As alluded to in my previous review (Tomasz Stańko Quartet, GIJF 2017) much is recognisable and familiar as the work of Stańko, despite my having heard the CD only once before.  That having been said, if Stańko is what you like, you will like this!
The promotional material received by Lance and passed on to me with the CD on GIJF 2017, day 1 at the Sage 1, level 1 bar proclaims that “Stańko begins a European tour at the end of March, playing the music of December Avenue” with dates in various mainland European cities and including Gateshead, United Kingdom.  As indicated in my review of that event, I cannot attest to the veracity of this statement due to the lack of an indication of what they were playing or about to play.  All I can say is Stańko fans loved the gig and will also love this.
Hugh C.
December Avenue is now released and available for purchase on ECM - CD No. 6025 5726302 2

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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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