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Bebop Spoken There

Bob Dawbarn (review of Joe Harriott's LP 'Free Form'): "Both horns scream and roar away, Keane at times doing a pretty fair imitation of an elephant angry with its keeper." - (Melody Maker, December 16, 1961).

Steve Race: "The non-musician critic knows how music ought to sound. But he cannot possibly know how it feels to create it. He is in the position of the marriage guidance counsellor who has never been married." – (Jazz News, June 6th 1962).

Archives.

Today Friday July 28

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
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Jo Harrop Quartet - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 1pm. £5. SOLD OUT!
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Ian Simpson & Stu Dawson - Vicolo, Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6QG. Free. 8pm. Acoustic blues.
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Evening
Mick Donnelly & James Harrison - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. Free.
The Resonators - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
Hackney Colliery Band - Sage Gateshead. 8pm. £18. Some very hip cats!
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Jo Harrop Quartet - Ushaw College, nr. Durham DH7 9RH. 7:30pm. £7.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra - The Ship, 50 High St., Wolviston, Billingham TS22 5JX. 9pm.
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Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

CD Review: Brent Laidler - No Matter Where Noir.

(Review by Lance)
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Intro and dialogue.
(Telephone rings)
"Miami - 1959"
"Hello?"
"Oh Good, You're still there!"
Her voice was well modulated but somewhat breathless with an accent I couldn't place.
"So what can I do for you?"
"Your ad in the phone book says you specialize in missing persons, are you any good at it?"
"I'd like to think so. So who's missing and how long have they been gone?"
"Me. I mean... I don't know."
Most 'Persons' cases start out pretty simple. This didn't seem to be one of them.
You don't have to wear a trenchcoat or a fedora pulled down over your eyes, or walk down mean streets or drink shots of Bourbon like as though they were soda pops, to enjoy this atmospheric album but I'll bet you're imagining you are as you get deeper and deeper into the music.
Although set in Miami, this is the world of Raymond Chandler or Mickey Spillane set to music. Music composed by Brent Laidler that captures the era of pulp magazines - the gumshoes, slinky dames, hoods wearing black shirts with white ties, the two-bit rooming houses, the bars, the night clubs and the other archetypal people and places that populated those mean streets.
The musicians capture the mood to perfection - 1950's Blue Note. 
Buselli brings Freddie Hubbard and Lee Morgan to mind. Shiner is Milt Jackson with a warmer sound. Saxman Boyd is a swinger who wails emotively when the scenario demands it. Listen to his baritone on Heavy Memphis Jones. The inspiration may have come from Have You Met Miss Jones? but the portrait is that of a badass dude hitman. 
Throughout, Newman's piano slots in so easily as does Pazera's bass whilst the two drummers who split the tracks are also on the case.
Titles: Downtown by Nine; Jamie's Joynt; Sixth Sense; No Matter Where Noir; Southern Gate; Heavy Memphis Jones; Law of Attraction; Not Just Another Waltz; Meet me at the Havana Hilton; Keep me in Mind.
Rarely has a concept album got it so so right but Laidler with his compositions and his playing is on the money. 
Lance.

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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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