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Bebop Spoken There

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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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

CD Review: The Dime Notes.

Andrew Oliver (piano); David Hornblow (clarinet); Dave Kelbie (guitar); Tom Wheatley (bass).
(Review by Lance).
A little gem showcasing early jazz whilst drawing it to the attention of present-day listeners. Four mature players, yet still too young to have been accorded venerable status although, in a blindfold test, I think they would have been.
The influences are the New Orleans of Evan Christopher, who wrote the album notes, and early New York jazz. Jelly Roll and Bechet are well represented in the repertoire alongside Handy, Boyd Senter and, among others, pianist Oliver who composed Otis Stomp inspired by a small town in his native Oregon.
Oliver, now resident in London, plays two-fisted Jelly Roll piano worthy of any Storyville professor.
Clarinetist Hornblow (you couldn't make it up!) does what his surname suggests in the manner that he did with Chris Barber and other trad jazz luminaries. Albert Nicholas, Omer Simeon, Barney Bigard, Jimmy Noone, Johnny Dodds are all part of his lineage.
Tom Wheatley was born with jazz in his genes. Being the son of guitarist Martin Wheatley it's little surprise he easily slots into the genre.
Dave Kelbie not only provided the rhythmic comping that compensates for the lack of a drummer and, it has to be said, a drummer would be superfluous here, but also assisted with the mixing, the package design and the artwork. And so he should - it's his label!
Original Jelly Roll Blues; Alabamy Bound; Aunt Hagar's Children's Blues; Black Stick Blues; The Pearls; T'ain't Clean; Otis Stomp; Si Tu Vois Ma Mère; The Camel Walk; The Crave; I Believe in Miracles; Ole Miss; Turtle Twist; What a Dream.
For those who like their early jazz with present day recording technology and without the chug of the b-a-n-j-o then this is for you.
Lance
Now available on lejazzetal RECORDS LJCD16

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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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