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Kathyrn Williams: “I got into Miles Davis when I was a teenager. But I’m nowhere near as knowledgeable as Anthony [Kerr]: he is an encyclopedia of jazz, with a real in-depth, academic knowledge. I’m just a fan.” – (Jazz Journal December 2017).

Christian McBride: "He [Horace Silver] was the whole package" – (Downbeat September 2014).

Today Friday January 19

Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Emma Fisk & James Birkett - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland Town Hall DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00. Venuti/Lang.

Evening

Graeme Wilson Quartet - Jazz Café, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9:00pm. £8.00. (£6.00. advance).

Incognito - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. 7pm (doors). £50.

Memphis Crusaders - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

Boys of Brass - Brandling Villa, Haddricks Mill Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 1QL. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Thursday, January 18, 2018

CD Review: Kate McGarry - The Subject Tonight is Love

Kate McGarry (vocals); Gary Versace (piano/keys/organ/accordion); Keith Ganz (guitars) + Obed Calvaire (drums on Whiskey); Ron Miles (trumpet on All You Need is Love).
(Review by Lance).
Until this moment in time, to me, Secret Love meant either Doris Day or Carmen McRae. Our girl Zoe Gilby does a very fine version of incorporating the two but now, Kate McGarry gives us another take and it's a good one!
Seven critically acclaimed albums to her name, a Grammy nomination and 4-star reviews in Downbeat, tell us that this is no new kid on the block. A voice that explores the meanings behind the words, that fiddles with the tune, more Carmen than Doris but tonally not close to either. She composes too.

CD Review: David Series - Meerkat Parade.

David Series (guitar), Huw Rees (keyboards), James Lindsay (double bass), Max Popp (drums).
(Review by Steve T)
A short album by modern standards, which is no bad thing in my view. I generally try to play albums three times to allow any idiosyncrasies to emerge on the basis that the greatest music sneaks up on you. This is one that I kept putting on thinking this time I'm going to concentrate, only for it to recede into the background. This may or may not be a problem for the listener. Right, here we go - last time.
Double bass intro before a guitar slides in and I'm left bemused that we haven't had a glut of this over the last twenty odd years. An interesting keyboard solo before it's back to slide guitar and now I'm thinking Hawaii.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Jazz Café Jam Session - January 16

(Review by Lance).
Too much! Too much! 
To attempt to give a blow by blow account of last night's Jazz Café Jam Session would be futile. Words could only hint at the ambiance both on and off stage. From the moment the house trio hit the deck with East of the Sun, there was ne'er a dull moment. This was a night when there were no passengers, each and every one contributing the max. Not only that, this was one of those rare jam sessions where no one called for All the Things You are - I didn't feel cheated.
Graham Hardy waxed lyrical on flugelhorn, Paul Gowland blew some paint-stripping alto and Nick Gould put the boot in on tenor. Gould, one of three Edinburgh escapees - Waugh and Midas being the other two - is always a welcome visitor whilst the latter pair, apart from being fine musicians, added a touch of humour to the proceedings.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

RIP Marlene VerPlanck

Marc Myers on his top-rated jazz blog, Jazz Wax, has reported the passing of legendary jazz vocalist Marlene VerPlanck on January 14 aged 84. Despite being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer the singer continued to perform until fairly recently.
Regrettably, I never heard her in person although she was a frequent visitor to the UK and gave a concert at Sage Gateshead during one of her tours. Fortunately, she left behind a recorded legacy samples of which can be heard as part of Marc Myers' tribute.
Sadly missed.
Lance.

Jazz Café update

The Jazz Café’s famed jam session returns tonight (Tuesday 16). An update, or, if truth be told, a correction…the house drummer will be the brilliant Russ Morgan working alongside pianist Paul Edis and bassist Paul Grainger. An earlier posting indicated that Matt MacKellar would be behind the traps. Well, he will be, but as a sitter-in. So, that’s two top class drummers for starters, and as is the way with this amazing jam session, others could well be looking to get behind the traps.

It is likely that Joel Brown will be in the house, similarly, alto saxophonist Dan Garel is rumoured to be up for it. One of the joys of the session (first and third Tuesdays in the month) is in not knowing who will turn up to sit-in and invariably being knocked out by their musicianship. The evening gets underway at eight o’clock with the house trio playing three or four numbers and then it’s open to all comers. Arrive early, grab a ringside seat, it’s the greatest free show in town!    
Russell

Monday, January 15, 2018

Cat Appeal


Ace trombone player Don Fairley posted this sad, emotional, item on Facebook:
I have a dilemma. Due to my overall health problems, I am soon to be moving to an assisted living home in North Gosforth. Unfortunately, There is a 'no pets' ruling which means that I cannot take my beloved cat, Mitzi, with me. I must, therefore, find a good home for her. She is mature at around 10 years old, beautifully well behaved and very easy to live with. She has been a delightful companion for over 9 years, in excellent health while in my care. Is there anyone who is looking for a wonderful mature pet to love and cherish?
If you know of anyone suitable, please leave a message. Thank you.

Don, your trombone skills are undisputed but this puts you above JJ, Kai, Teagarden and any other slideman in the world as a person.
So, you cats out there please help Don find a home for Mitzi.
Lance (and Daphne).
PS: Daphne says, "You ain't bringing none of your fancy she-cats into my house."

Francis Tulip Quartet @ The Quakerhouse, Darlington - Jan 14

Francis Tulip (guitar), Joel Brown (keyboards), Michael Dunlop (bass) & Matthew MacKellar (drums) + Dan Garel (alto saxophone)
(Review by Russell).
Darlington Jazz Club’s first concert promotion of the year featured a young quartet playing a fourth and final date of a tour across Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, and here at the Quakerhouse pub in County Durham. The Francis Tulip Quartet was about to go into abeyance as the musicians set off on their travels once again to Birmingham, London, Boston, USA and downtown Whitley Bay.
The Quakerhouse was as full as it gets for this eagerly anticipated appearance by the new kids on the block and the audience wasn’t to be disappointed. Benny Golson’s Stablemates, guitarist Gilad Hekselman’s Purim, a familiar looking setlist, the quartet, with bassist Michael Dunlop travelling up from London to play the gig, was in the groove from the off. And as if it couldn’t get any better, Dan Garel would join the band to play a couple of numbers!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

A bit on the Side

As Bebop Spoken Here's 10th birthday approaches and, with a significant birthday of my own in the offing, I'd like to reflect upon some of those gigs that were inspirational towards the creation of this labour of love. One venue, in particular, stands out.
Although I'd loved jazz for most of my life, and played in a few bands along the way, it was stumbling upon The Side Café on Newcastle's Quayside that resuscitated my enthusiasm. This was in 2008. So many of my contemporaries had passed on - Charlie Carmichael, Nigel Stanger, Trevor Johnson, Bobby Carr, Teddy Langston, Alf Parker, Ronnie McLean, Hughie Aitchison and many more that I'd begun to think the future for the music looked bleak.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Paul Edis Trio @ The Jazz Café - Jan 12

Paul Edis (piano), Paul Susans (double bass) & Matthew MacKellar (drums)
(Review by Russell/Photo courtesy of Mike Tilley)
At short notice, drummer Matthew MacKellar stepped in to replace an ailing Rob Walker. Triptych would return at a later date with this evening’s concert rebranded as the ‘Paul Edis Trio’. The two Pauls – Edis, piano, Susans, double bass – switched their attention from the original composition project that is Triptych to the standards repertoire associated with the classic jazz piano trio.

Friday, January 12, 2018

The Mo Scott Band @ The Globe, January 11

Mo Scott (vocals); Gary Dunn (guitar); Neil Harland (bass guitar); Paul Smith (drums)
(Review by Ann Alex)
‘Tyneside’s First Lady of the Blues’ declared the Globe publicity, and last night’s performance showed that to be undoubtedly the truth. The First Lady strutted her stuff with all the stops out. Gary on guitar did stunning solo work, Neil was the steady and strong bass, and the drums played as if there was no tomorrow. And it wasn’t just blues from this band, but rock, jazz, country, and even a touch of ska.

CD Review: Ed Jones - For Your Ears Only

Ed Jones (tenor/soprano); Ross Stanley (piano); Riaan Vosloo (bass); Tim Giles (drums); Brigitte Beraha (vocal).
(Review by Lance).
Ed Jones first appeared on my radar with Killer Shrimp at the Corner House in May 2008. This was one of the earlier postings on BSH (Yes we're 10 years old this year - we should have a party!) and Jones, I quote, "Swung his ass off". He also played a significant part with Incognito for a number years (Incognito are back at Hoochie on Friday, January 19) and, on this album, his talents are, unlike some of his progressions, far from diminished.

Our Men in Hong Kong.

International jet-setter and BSH reviewer Steve H met up with our man in Hong Kong, Colin Aitchison, at Ned Kelly's Last Stand in Kowloon where Colin leads the band. Steve, pictured wearing a grey porkpie hat, scarlet jacket and black teeshirt took the other pictures of what seems to have been a fun evening. I'm told it always is at Ned's.
Lance

All change at the Caff

Tonight's advertised appearance by Triptych at the Jazz Cafe has been postponed with the Paul Edis Trio stepping in at short notice.
Pianist Edis will be working with bassist Paul Susans and Berklee student drummer Matt MacKellar (pictured gigging in Hexham earlier this week). Expect to hear standards and, perhaps, one or two originals by Edis.
It's a nine o'clock start with tickets on the door at £8 each or reserve tickets in advance at just £6 a piece. To make your reservation telephone the venue from noon on 0191 222 9882. 
Russell

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Lunchtime Jazz @ the Lit & Phil.

This notice is just to let you know that unfortunately the Lunchtime Concert on January 19th listed in the programme of our last two concerts has been cancelled because of difficulties matching programming a band and confirming the date with the Lit & Phil.
However, we are all set to start the 2018 programme in February with the following two concerts:

February 16th: Mark Williams Trio (guitar-led trio), featuring music from the recently released CD "Last Bus to Bensham".
March 16th: James Harrison Trio (piano-led trio)

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Help Musicians UK announces Helena Kay the winner of prestigious Peter Whittingham Jazz Award 2017







The UK’s biggest independent music charity Help Musicians UK (HMUK) announced today that young Scottish alto saxophonist and band-leader Helena Kay (left) has won the coveted Peter Whittingham Jazz award 2017 of £5,000. HMUK also awarded additional development funds to three other Jazz artists Olly Chalk, Faye MacCalman (Archipelago) (right) and Jasmine Whalley (Tȇtes De Pois).

Francis Tulip Quartet @ The Fox Inn, Hexham - Jan 9

Francis Tulip (guitar), Joel Brown (keyboards), Deon Krishnan (bass) & Matt MacKellar (drums)
(Review by Russell) 
On this third date of the tour, a short notice dep was required. Bassist Michael Dunlop had returned to London and sighting six string bass maestro Deon Krishnan walking through the door of the Fox Inn quelled any fears that this Hexham Jazz Club engagement could, perhaps, result in a less than cohesive performance. The booking of the Francis Tulip Quartet offered something a little different for the Fox’s hardcore jazz fans. What’s more, many new faces turned up making for a marvellous atmosphere.

Celebrate 20 years of Concerts @ Caedmon by NCRO

Yes, it really is 20 years since we played our first concert at Gateshead's Caedmon Hall, ambitiously titled "From Scott Joplin to Duke Ellington", where we were joined by Birmingham's Nick Ward, one of the finest vintage-style drummers in the country, and the following year by Keith Nichols, master of ragtime and stride piano. Since then we've developed a reputation for both musical authenticity and entertaining presentation from larger-than-life (and getting larger) saxophone star Steve Andrews. Keith and Nick will both be joining us for our anniversary concert on Friday 9th February, along with our very own Caroline on vocals. So if you like ragtime, jazz and hot dance music from the 1920s and 1930s, this is a night not to miss!

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Jazz on Wearside!

In recent times, with the honourable exception of the Great North Big Band Jazz Festival, jazz on Wearside has been a bit thin on the ground. This Sunday (Jan 14) that is about to change thanks to Bradley Johnston wandering into an old fire station in Sunderland city centre. Closed for many years, the building has recently reopened as a comfortable café/bar/performance space. Bradley asked the proprietor if there was the chance of a gig. 
Well, let’s make that a weekly residency! 
As is the way with these things your support could help Bradley secure the gig on a long term basis.  The Fire Station is next to the Dun Cow pub, adjacent to Sunderland Empire. The address is: The Fire Station, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Top class jazz guitar on Wearside, Sundays at six o’clock, free admission.           
Russell

Monday, January 08, 2018

Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny - Jan 7

Neil Hunter (vocals), Steve McGarvie (alto saxophone & vocals), Alan Thompson (tenor saxophone), Terry O’Hern (trombone & vocals), Mike Hepple (Hammond organ & vocals), Bob Garrington (guitar), Ian Rigby (bass & vocals) & Gary Cain (drums)
(Review by Russell) 
The idea was that the Smokin’ Spitfires would play a one-off charity gig. That was a few years ago and now, in the first week of 2018, the band’s regular first Sunday in the month lunchtime gig goes from strength to strength having chalked up dozens of appearances and it’s still all for charity. The eight-piece band emerged phoenix-like from the embers of the legendary Eastside Torpedoes and it continues to attract a loyal following with many fans undoubtedly there from the beginning.

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Frank Morgan

I'm sure we all do it. You know what I mean, you decide to move CDs from one space to another then, midway through the operation, you stop and say to yourself, "I'd forgotten all about this guy" or, "How long have I had this album?" Sometimes you wonder why you'd bought it in the first place! Other times and today was such an occasion, it's like falling in love all over again.
Frank Morgan.
Alto saxophonist par excellence.
I should have picked up on Frank earlier - he was on Wardell Gray's last recording in 1955 and, with Wardell being a big idol of mine I should have latched on to Frank and maybe I would have had he not left the scene in familiar circumstances for the next 30 years. So my post-Parker alto adulation moved on to another flawed genius - Art Pepper.

The FT4 set to reconvene

This Tuesday (Jan 9) the Francis Tulip Quartet will resume its 2017/2018 tour in Hexham. The Fox on West End Terrace is home to Hexham Jazz Club and the appearance by Francis Tulip and ‘the lads’ will make more than a few sit up and take notice. Advertised variously as a 7:30pm, 8:00pm, 9:00pm start, the first set is scheduled to get underway at 8:30pm. Best seats are at a premium so arriving a little earlier, say eight o’clock, isn’t a bad idea. Birmingham Conservatoire guitar student Tulip will be in the company of pianist Joel Brown, Guildhall bassist Michael Dunlop, and drummer Matt MacKellar, currently ‘on vacation’ from Berklee, Boston, USA. It’s free admission, a donation would be appreciated and you’ll be helping sustain the regional jazz economy.

CD Review: Birkett & Fisk Play Venuti & Lang

Emma Fisk (violin); James Birkett (guitar)
(Review by Lance).
In the beginning, God made Eddie and Joe who begat Stephane and Django who begat Emma and James...
Emma and James are well known and respected on the Hot Club circuit through their work with bands such as Djangologie and Emma's own Hot Club du Nord. James and his protege Bradley Johnston are the hottest jazz guitar duo around whilst Emma is invariably featured (amongst other things) at the Whitley Bay Classic Jazz Party in tribute sessions to other jazz violin legends.
Here, Emma and James go back to the roots of early jazz stringsters and remind us how innovative Venuti and Lang were and how they [Emma and James] don't fall short in that department either.

Saturday, January 06, 2018

King Bees @ Billy Bootleggers – Jan 5

Michael Littlefield (guitar & vocals), Scott Taylor (vocals, harmonica & guitar), Dominic Hornsby (piano, guitar & vocals), Simon Hedley (double bass) & Giles Holt (drums)
(Review by Russell). 
The Downbeat, the Newcastle New Orleans Jazz Club on Forth Banks, Club-A-Gogo, and latterly Crombie’s Jazz Café. Legendary venues, stories galore (apocryphal or not), add Billy Bootleggers to the list.   
Overheard at the bar: I stumbled across this place by chance. Now I come here all the time. The place is Billy Bootleggers, an American dive bar which is packed to the rafters every time. Blues, American beers, a seat if you’re lucky, and a dance floor full of jivers and wannabe jivers in front
of the band. On stage it’s lounge suits, collars loosened, sweat dripping, this is Chicago’s South Side circa 1950 relocated lock, stock and two smokin’ blues barrels to Newcastle, England 2018.

Northern Monkey Brass Band @ Gala Theatre, Durham – Jan 5

Graham Hardy (trumpet), Ben Chinnery (trumpet), Jamie Toms (tenor saxophone), David Gray (trombone), Jason Holcomb (trombone), Phil Rosier (tuba), Adam Sinclair (snare drum) & Brendan Murphy (bass drum)
(Review by Russell). 
Durham is riding the wave. Jazz can be found, and heard, at every turn. Within a slide trombone of Durham Cathedral regular promotions occur at Dunelm House, Empty Shop, the Gala Theatre and at many enterprising independent venues around town. Last year’s inaugural DJazz: Durham Jazz Festival proved hugely popular. An annual county-wide brass festival attracts thousands, Ushaw is on the jazz map thanks to its festival and concert series, Bishop Auckland Town Hall presents jazz on a monthly basis, St Cuthbert’s in Crook offers regular sessions, and Darlington boasts no fewer than three thriving clubs and an established festival. It, therefore, came as no surprise that a sellout gig launched the Gala Theatre’s 2018 monthly lunchtime concert series.

CD Review: Various Artists - Live at the Spotted Dog.

(Review by Steve T)
Got this just before Christmas but December was still taken over by Christmas Music - not Slade, Pogues and Wizzard I should point out - but Swamp Dogg, Ojays, Houston Person, Jimmy Smith and the like.
There are some serious musicians on this and it shows. Recorded at the Spotted Dog, one of the happening places in the Nation’s Second City, it sounds like it was an uproarious night, though I'm assured the venue is no stranger to great nights of Jazz.
Many will hear the first set as big band music, and there's plenty for lovers of the sound; great blasting ensemble playing and assured soloing from the horns as they take their turns. But, as a BB philistine, I elevate this to what I consider the higher status of orchestral jazz, more akin to Duke and Gil Evans and, as the liner notes point out, to Kenny Wheeler and John Taylor.

Friday, January 05, 2018

CD Review: Mark Cherrie Quartet - Joining the Dots

 Mark Cherrie (steel pan); John Donaldson (piano); Mick Hutton (bass); Eric Ford (drums) + Dominic Grant (guitar); Dave O'Higgins (tenor); Nigel Price (el. guitar); Sumudu (vocals).
(Review by Lance).
The steel pan isn't an instrument normally associated with jazz and, had I not spent some time with Newcastle's Chilli Road Band I wouldn't have known a steel pan from a frying pan. Fortunately, that period of my life opened up my eyes to the capabilities of the instrument although it took this CD by Mark Cherrie to realise its jazz possibilities.
The sound is quite unique - somewhere between a Fender Rhodes and a vibraphone without being close to either.

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Richard Grainger remembers working in JG Windows Ltd.

I started in Windows in '68 as a Saturday boy - 'Can you read music? Can you play at least 2 instruments?' Those were the minimum requirements to work with Ronnie Maclean, Hughie [Aitchison], and Lance Liddle although once they'd given me the Jazz Quiz they were ok to let me talk to their friends. 
Their local, where they felt comfortable, was The New Orleans Club on Forth Banks. I used to get in to the shop early to listen to the fine Blue Note stock they had - Ronnie (pictured) said 'If you like Coltrane, listen to what inspired him' so I got access to all the jazz history, pretty much, up to that point'.
Richard.
Originally posted on Facebook in North East Music History.

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

CD Review: Phil DeGreg Trio - Queen City Blues

Phil DeGreg (piano); Aaron Jacobs (bass); John Taylor (drums).
(Review by Lance).
OMG! Here's another one that got swept under the carpet - what a magic carpet this piece of Kidderminster is turning out to be!
Is there a better listening recipe than a swinging trio of guys who know the score playing a mix of standards and originals?
I think not. Hines, Wilson, Tatum, Garner, Peterson, Evans, Jarrett laid down the rules and musicians across the world have listened and built upon it. Even here in Newcastle, guys like Paul Edis, Dean Stockdale, James Harrison, Alan Law, the now exported Pete Gilligan and several others have made their mark so it is no surprise to find this Cincinnati trio keeping the flame burning.

Tony's top ten for 2017

Better late than never:

- Nicola Farnon Trio - Park Inn Hartlepool
- Jo Harrop - Ushaw College, Durham
- Stan Tracy Legacy Band - Scarborough Jazz Festival
- BBC Big Band  - Middlesbrough Theatre (pictured).
- Durham University Big Band - Durham Jazz Festival
- NYJO + German & Dutch Big Band - GIJF @ Sage Gateshead
- Great North Big Band Festival - Chester-le-Street
- SSBB + Bruce Adams - The Globe Newcastle
- XPQ -  Opus 4, Darlington
- Matt Roberts Sextet - Darlington Jazz Festival

Highlight of the year: Lance back on the scene.
Tony E.
P.S: live jazz is good for you.

Ron Francis Blake - Assimilation

Sackcloth and ashes! This one arrived July/August 2017 and, somehow or other, got swept under the carpet. In my defence, I was also coping with invalidity problems which meant that looking under the carpet was a physical impossibility. Had I done so 3 or 4 days ago this would certainly have been high on my CDs of 2017 list. As it is, it will be a front-runner in the January 2018 stakes.
Don't take my word for it, read what The Republic of Jazz had to say.
Superb.
Lance.

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Paul Edis - Live on stage and on radio

For those who were unfortunate enough to miss the Jazzy Christmas gig at Sage Gateshead with Paul Edis, Jo Harrop, Matt Anderson, Emma Fisk here are a few clips.
Santa Baby/Splanky.
Silent Night.
My Romance.
Paul is interviewed on JazzFM 'Round Midnight on January 6. Worth staying up for.
Lance.

Bernicia Duo @ The Half Moon, Stakeford - January 1

Kenny Craig (tenor), Alex Heck (guitar).
What a fine way to usher in the new year. (OK 12hours late!) An excellent duo and a superb pint of Golden XPA.  Advertised and carried out as a 12noon to 3pm session this duo provided us with three action-filled three-quarters of an hour sets. A few friendships were renewed with the band & various musos in the bar, including Ashington guitarist/bandleader Mickey Balls. I had not realised that the Half Moon put on all styles of music on a regular basis. Something to look out for.

 Too many great numbers to mention them all. As I arrived there was a rainbow over the pub so Somewhere over the Rainbow went down well!  Many of the standards were covered including Fly Me to the Moon, Blue Bossa, Autumn Leaves and All of Me. Of special mention was a very soulful version of Autumn Leaves. A very polished and well thought out programme.

More Highlights of 2017

Sorry this is a bit late my highlights of 2017 are –
Best gig: Ambleside Days Saturday, Sept 2
 – Garland/Simcock/Locke followed by The Printmakers.  This was the only night we got to during the 4-day festival, but by all accounts, the rest were pretty amazing too.
Albums of the year:  
Jazzmeia Horn – A Social Call,
Cecile McLorin Salvant – Dreams and Daggers,
Lizz Wright – Grace,
Dee Dee Bridgewater – Memphis.
Debra M.

Songs Of The Year For 2017 from Ann Alex

I have a special interest in songs and lyrics, so my list for 2017 consists of songs which I especially enjoyed last year, though the songs chosen don’t necessarily ‘belong’ to 2017.


It’s a highly personal selection, with only 3 jazz songs out of 7, but a good song is a good song of whatever genre, so I make no apology for including the likes of Adele.

In no particular order:
Crazy Rhythm: I’ve written about this one before, it gives a picture of American life and the ‘new’ jazz music.

Monday, January 01, 2018

CD Review: Carlos Malta & Thomas Clausen - Dreamland.

Carlos Malta (tenor/soprano/bass clarinet/flute/bass flute/piccolo); Thomas Clausen (Steinway/Rhodes/celeste).
(Review by Lance).
Brazil meets Denmark is what it says on the tin. If you saw it on the shelf in Tesco between the Danish Blue and the Feijoada you'd probably be a little hesitant and go for one or the other. However, this is one occasion where, unlike east and west, the north and south twain do meet.
Duo albums can, and often are, hit and miss affairs. Not so here. Virtuoso playing by both musicians and, if you've raised a quizzical eyebrow at the inclusion of Tiger Rag just listen to what Malta and his flute do with it! The most amazing flute/piano track I've ever heard!

Blog Archive

Submissions for review

Whilst we appreciate the many emails, texts, messages and other communications we receive requesting album/gig reviews on BSH, regrettably, we are unable to reply to them all other than those we are able to answer with a positive response.
Similarly, CDs received by post will only be considered if accompanied by sufficient background material.
Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance

About this blog - contact details.

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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