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Frank Zappa: "There was so much acid during the '60s that it was very easy for large numbers of people to think they had seen God as soon as the Beatles went boom, boom, boom, you know?." - (DownBeat May 18, 1978). – (DownBeat May 18, 1978).

Ryan Keberle: “Don't be easy on yourself when it comes to playing with perfect intonation. All other instruments will be playing with close-to-perfect intonation; the same should be expected of trombonists.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Thursday March 22


Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Higher Education & Research Presents: Future Grooves - Sage Gateshead. 12 noon. £5.00. Showcase performances by BMus & BA degree course students featuring jazz and non-jazz sets.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - White Horse Hotel, Burtree Lane, Harrowgate Hill, Darlington DL1 3AD. Tel: 01325 463262. 1:30pm. Free.


MGB: Milne Glendinning Band - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00. Milne, Glendinning, Katy Trigger (bass) & Nik Alevroyiannis (drums).

BABMUS @ Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. £3.00. (£2.00. students/MU).

Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra - St Cuthbert’s Centre, Church Hill, Crook DL15 9DN. Tel: 01388 765002. 7:30pm. £7.50., £5.00. child, £20.00. family.

Higher Education & Research Presents: Future Grooves - Sage Gateshead. 7:30pm. £5.00. Showcase performances by BMus & BA degree course students featuring jazz and non-jazz sets.

Ada Francis & the Italic Quartet - Las Iguanas, Grey Street, Newcastle NE1 6AF. Tel: 0191 232 9729. 7:30pm. Fortnightly restaurant residency. Line-up: Ada Francis (vocals); Jimmy Jefford (tenor saxophone); Ben Richardson (piano); Luke Gaul (bass) & Harry Still (drums).

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter’s Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. Tel: 0191 488 8068. 8:30pm. Free.

Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocal); Richie Emmerson (tenor); Bruce Taylor (keys) - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

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

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

CD Review: Joe Turner - Smashing Thirds

Joe Turner (piano/vocal); Hans Rettenbacher (bass); Stu Martin (drums).
(Review by Lance).
Breda Jazz Festival 1982 was a vintage year. Apart from the Saratoga Jazzmen and the River City Jazzmen, both bands from Tyneside, the Dutch also welcomed Bob Wilber, Warren Vaché, Guy Lafitte and Joe Turner.
Not the blues singer Big Joe Turner as expected by some of the audience but Joe Turner the pianist, described then, and as he was at the time of this recording in 1969 as, "The Greatest Living Stride Pianist."
No argument there. Some of the greatest piano playing I've ever heard - stride or otherwise.
Comparable with Fats, Willie the Lion or any of his contemporaries, Joe Turner may not have quite matched Tatum for technique but he swung ten times more!
Listen to Emmaline or Smashing Thirds or Willow Weep For me or Love For Sale; Effervescent; Sweet Lorraine (vocal); Rosetta; Harry Numa (?); St. Louis Blues (vocal); Cloud 15; Caravan; Song of the Vagabonds or Viper's Drag. I don't think I'll have an argument.
Difficult to single any one track out, each is so different. The changing tempos of St. Louis, the minor magic of Rudolph Friml's Vagabond song, the Waller tunes - take your pick!
Martin plays brushes most of the time swinging along quite unobtrusively. Rettenbacher is even more unobtrusive - I didn't know he was there until I read the notes. Understandable - who needs bass when you've got a left hand like Joe Turner?
Recorded by MPS in 1969 at its legendary Black Forest studio, to have Smashing Thirds once more available after all these years is even better than pigging out on a slice of their namesake gateaux.
Quote from blurb:  Music that harkens back to an era when feel-good entertainment was an art form.
Available Sept. 8 

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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.
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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.)
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