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Danny Halperin: "Johnny Griffin is possibly the worst tenor saxophonist who has come to widespread public attention in the past decade." – (Jazz News, March 21, 1962).

Polly Gibbons: “If Billie [Holiday] had come up in the ’60s, she probably would have been a soul singer” – (Down Beat August 2017).

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Today Wednesday August 16

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Tynemouth Metro Station, Station Tce., Tynemouth NE30 4RE. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
New Orleans Jazz at the Village Hall - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.
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Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).
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Tees Hot Club - Cleveland Bay, 718 Yarm Rd., Eaglescliffe TS16 0JE. 9pm. Free.
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Monday, May 08, 2017

CD Review: George Colligan - More Powerful

George Colligan (piano); Nicole Glover (tenor/soprano); Linda May Han Oh (bass); Rudy Royston (drums).
(Review by Lance).
Whiffle Ball kicks off this appropriately titled album*. It's a goer! Four musicians with whom I hadn't previously been acquainted with although I should have guessed that anything from the Janisch/Whirlwind stable ain't going to be a gelded selling plater.
Far from it, an unblinkered front runner - a stayer.
Colligan, this is album number 28 for him as leader (where have I been all these years?), plays powerhouse piano, driving, supporting, soloing - a name to reckon with.
Nicole Glover, described as a rising saxophonist, is all that and more. Tenor or soprano she helps lift the already skyborn trio even higher which is no mean feat. Linda May and Rudy Royston are longtime collaborators with Colligan and a great team in their own right as the trio tracks prove. Ms. Glover pushes them and herself to the boundaries of musical insanity whilst keeping the white coats at bay. No straightjackets needed.
It's not all shooting for distant galaxies, there's many tender moments even in Retrograde Pluto which suggests that that far distant planet may be warmer than the astronomers think. Linda May's bass intro and Colligan's follow up is cool without being cold. Linda May brings in Southwestern Silence in a similar vein with Colligan picking up the emotive mood.
Empty has Nicole at full speed on tenor.
The Nash is wild improv and totally accessible. It's inspired by a club in Phoenix, Arizona, and described as unashamedly jaunty, even anarchic. It's all of those things and more. There was a time when the Original Dixieland Jazz Band was described as anarchic and that was a 100 years ago. One wonders...
Lance.
*More Powerful inspired by the first Star Wars movie but I won't hold that against him! 
Available June 30 -Whirlwind WR4708 - although it can be preordered on Amazon (and, I'm sure, via any city centre record store. There's still a few - support them!).

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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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