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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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Friday, May 05, 2017

Yazz Ahmed Halfla Band @ Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, April 30.

(Review by Steve T)
With a confession from number one wife, where in the car she'd hidden my phone, time to put my photo-taking skills to the test - steady as a rock, that's the hand I shoot with - and it fell to this fringe venue to salvage a potentially disappointing day at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, not for the first time. The appearance of Snarky Puppy at Sage Gateshead three days later meant I didn't need to worry about a clash in the schedule, but I'd probably have gone for this anyway; I really like her first album - at least most of it - and on the strength of tonight, I'm hopeful her follow-up, due for release this month, will be even better.
Cool, calm and collected she looks barely out of her teens, but was in command of her septet of ladies on keys and percussion and chaps on kit, bass guitar, bass clarinet and vibes.
Her music is a fusion of Jazz with Arabic sounds and a dollop of Bitches Brew era Miles, courtesy her effects gadget as she switched between trumpet and flugelhorn.
The musicianship was solid all round, always serving the music, in stark contrast to the extravagance of the preceding sets by Chick Corea and Chris Potter, and a welcome relief. The audience really got it too, particularly the ladies, with beaming faces all around, and demanded an encore.
Natural charisma, cool, class and - at the risk of accusations of being a sexist, misogynist dinosaur - beauty, the UK has another lady trumpet player with a roving imagination, all set to push the envelope. Definitely one to keep an ear on and I hope one of the North East promoters nab her soon. 
Steve T.

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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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