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Number 22 in World Jazz Blog Rankings

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 Tuesday May 23

Evening
Davina & the Vagabonds - Sage Gateshead. 8pm. £18.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
Zoe Gilby: Pannonica - The Fox Inn, West End Tce., Hexham NE46 3DB. Free. 9pm.
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Monday, May 01, 2017

CD Review: Chris Potter - The Dreamer is the Dream.

Chris Potter (tenor/soprano/clarinet/bs. clarinet/flute etc.); David Virelles (piano/celeste); Joe Martin (bass); Marcus Gilmore (drums/percussion)
(Review by Lance).
I usually treat ECM releases the way I do when an election leaflet comes through the door - I know that, whoever the artist or the party is, it ain't going to change my life.
The CDs I'm usually able to find a home for with some of my more liberally minded colleagues. Re the election leaflets - does the paper have to be so shiny?
However, there are times when one has to do a rethink. This Chris Potter CD is one that makes me realise that ECM isn't always left of field. In fact, if Tony Blair were a jazz musician this might be about where he'd be - no, Potter doesn't deserve that analogy!

Potter is a reedman who probes, searches, discovers and unleashes. Unleashes sax solos that swing in a contemporary manner. Forward looking, never dated - jazz for today with the use of samples and things that hint towards tomorrow.
Perhaps the most inventive, progressive, saxman playing today and doing it with a tenuous thread to the past.
Piano, bass and drums travel the same road with some interesting diversions by Virelles - maybe he called in at Jarrettville?
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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