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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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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

CD Review: Samuel Eagles' SPIRIT - Ask Seek Knock

Samuel Eagles (alto); Duncan Eagles (tenor); Ralph Wyld (vibes); Sam Leak (piano); Max Luthert (bass); Dave Hamblett (drums) + Jean Toussaint (tenor on 2 tracks).
(Review by Lance).
SPIRIT's new album - Ask Seek Knock - is a timely reminder that this exciting, innovative band is booked to appear at The Globe, the Jazz Coop HQ, on June 13. It's one to look forward to. Not just for the Brothers Eagles but also for Ralph Wyld who is one of the best vibraphonists around. On a previous visit to The Globe with Samuel Eagles, to say that he impressed would be putting it mildly! Wyld is the business.
This album is the perfect appetiser for the gig - well almost.
Unfortunately, former Jazz Messenger Jean Toussaint, who enriches two of the tracks, won't be on the gig but that needn't be a deterrent as the other members of SPIRIT are Jazz Messengers at heart even if they don't realise it!
Samuel wrote and arranged the 8 originals as well as soloing brilliantly, At times, there are Mingus overtones. Dark, Satanic Riffs behind the soloists. Tension building moments. Part of you prays that the piece will never end. Simultaneously, another part of you is begging for it to end just so you can come down to Earth without a parachute.
The leader, of course, was tutored and mentored by Toussaint so maybe this is payback time. 
The rhythm section is merely one to die for! Leak, Luthert and Hamblett lay it down and the horns and vibes absorb it.
I'll listen to many more albums before the year is out but I'll eat Marmite if this one isn't in the year end shake-up!
Lance.
Whirlwind WR4709 available June 9.

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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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