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Bebop Spoken There

Eric Reed: "Miles would listen to Wynton Kelly for bar after bar. Monk, he'd leave the stage" - (Down Beat July 1995).

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David Murray: "If I die tomorrow, I would be happy with my [recorded] legacy, give or take one or two, three or four. I've made some albums that'll stand the test of time." - (Down Beat June 1995).

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Today Sunday September 25

Afternoon
Scarborough Jazz Festival - The Spa Complex, South Bay Scarborough YO11 2HD. Details.
Stu Collingwood (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 2pm. Free.
Alan Law (solo piano) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 1:00pm. No cover charge.
Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Rd., Hartlepool. 1pm. Free.
King Bees - Tyne Bar, Maling St., Newcastle 3pm. Free. (Not to be confused with King Bee!
Evening
Scarborough Jazz Festival - The Spa Complex, South Bay Scarborough YO11 2HD. Details.
Jazz Esquires - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.
Jazz Tones + Revolver - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm. £5.
Juliet Kelly: Bond to Bowie - Whittingham Memorial Institute, Whittingham, Alnwick, N’land. NE66 4UP. Tel: 01665 574964. 7:30pm. £18.00. (family), £8.00. (adult), £7.00. (concession), £4.00. (child).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Three Free Gigs Last Night

(Reviews by John T).
Set off at teatime yesterday [Friday, Sept. 23] to do some shopping in ‘The Toon’.
By 6pm I was in need of refreshment which I found in the form of an excellent pint of Wylam Ale in the Redwood Bar of the Vermont Hotel where vocalist Andrea Pattison, her husband Richard Rutherford, on bass and Graham Don on piano kept me relaxed and entertained for a while
My needs, albeit temporarily, fulfilled I then made my way to the Prohibition Bar in Gateshead, whistling the theme from Get Carter as I walked over the High Level Bridge! 

Friday, September 23, 2016

EP Review: Peter Horsfall - How Can We Know?

Peter Horsfall (tpt/vcl); David Archer (gtr); Joe Webb (pno0; Dave O'Brien (bs).
(Review by Lance).
A mini gem! An EP that delights and infuriates! Delights, because the four tracks are so very listenable. Infuriates because there are only four tracks - I wanted more!
Horsfall blows mighty fine horn with a delightful 1930's feel about it. Not surprising as we know him from the Basin Street Brawlers and Kansas Smitty's House Band. The emphasis here, however, is on his crooning and it, inexplicably, brought Bill Kenny of The Inkspots to mind!
Just so laid back, I ignored the pile of review discs in the queue and played this over and over again.

Gerry Richardson's Big Idea @ Black Swan Arts Centre - A Dutch Treat!

(Review by Lance/Photos courtesy of Mike Tilley).
What's left to say about the Big Idea? We know the repertoire, we've heard it all before and yet...
...sometimes it's as if we're hearing it for the very first time! Years ago, the Ellington and Basie Bands created the same feeling and we never left those concerts disappointed and nor were we disappointed tonight.

Michael Woods @ The Lit & Phil. September 23

Michael Woods (guitar & vocals)
(Review by Russell)
Newcastle based Michael Woods opened and closed his Lit & Phil lunchtime set of fifty minutes playing his six string Taylor acoustic. The regional folklore of Salter’s Bridge to begin, a string of American country blues to follow; Ain’t No Tellin’, Deep Ellum and an excellent take on Blind Blake’s Excuse Me, Mr Phelps? Mississippi Blues (Willie Brown) a final tune, for now, on the Taylor.

CD Review: Gene Ess - Absurdist Theatre

Gene Ess (Guitar), Thana Alexa (Voice), Manuel Valera (Piano), Yasushi Nakamura (Bass), Clarence Penn (Drums).
(Review by Steve T)
Another strong album but when do we get to see them live at a Jazz Café or Globe near us [northeast UK]? Because that's the only market I can envisage for it, and, if they're as good live, I'm sure they'd shift loads.*
Having said that, the internet, social media, streaming, downloading; all these things are something of a mystery to me so maybe there's a marketplace I'm not privy to.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

CD Review: Joshua Breakstone - The Cello Quartet: 88

Joshua Breakstone (gtr); Lisle Atkinson (bs); Andy Watson (dms); Mike Richmond (cello).
(Review by Lance).
As the review copies arrive in ever increasing numbers I'm enveloped in guilt. My postman is already bent and withered, and he's only a young man. The cat trembles at the sound of the combination of CDs  and Tandoori takeaway/pizza menus that land on the doormat.
I classify the discs - vocals for Ann or Debra; familiar contemporary. names for Russell; slightly outré for Hugh; ultra outré for Steve H and a combination of the lot for Steve T - particularly if there is a guitar in the mix. The rest are pigeon - holed for whichever charity shop I like least. Then there are the ones I know will hit my car stereo.
This is just such a one.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Jam session @ The Jazz Café. September 20

(Review by Russell/Photo courtesy of Mike Tilley)
George and Ira Gershwin, Kenny Barron and Tom Waits. The Jazz Café’s house rhythm section opened with Lady Be Good, Voyage and I Beg Your Pardon. A round of fours as good as they come on the opening number impressed the new student intake – they were listening to Young Gun drummer Matt McKellar. This is the standard, guys!
The first week of term, first and second-year music students based at Sage Gateshead got a taste of what lies ahead for them. The experienced musicians on the stand - pianist and MC Peter Gilligan and Paul Grainger, bass - know their stuff, confident of, and generous to our depping young drummer on the gig, so we heard Matt  solo confidently on Voyage. The two PGs weren’t the only old hands around - PR, Paul Ruddick, blew a Baghdaddian alto on All of Me accompanying the keen participation of a local blues guitarist. A twelve bar followed before Ruddick cracked the whip to set a boisterous Caravan on its journey into the kasbahs and souks of Newcastle’s exotic West End.

CD Review: Nigel Price Organ Trio - Heads and Tales

Nigel Price (gtr); Ross Stanley (Hammond); Matt Home (dms) + Alex Garnett (alt/ten); Vasilis Xenopoulos (ten).
(Review by Lance).
Heads & Tales, an appropriately named double CD. Heads you win, Tales you still win! The trio is two-thirds of the trio that rocked the Jazz Café last Friday (Steve Brown stood in for Matt Home). To make it even more attractive we have the added presence of Vasilis Xenopoulos and Alex Garnett, either together or individually, on 7 of the 9 tracks on disc one.  Xenopoulos is a regular visitor to the area (he's back next month) and Garnett played the Gala in Durham in May.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

CD Review: Opaluna - Susana Pineda & Luis Salcedo.

OPALUNA
Susana Pineda – vocals; Luis Salcedo – guitar; Jeff Denson – bass, percussion, backing vocals; John Santos – percussion.
(Review by Debra)
Opaluna is the eponymous first album from this young California-based vocal & guitar duo.  Their distinctive collaboration brings together jazz, Latin and a range of other traditional and contemporary music. The project was overseen by Ridgeway Arts founder & bassist Jeff Denson, who is also featured  in Instinto Ornitologico, an atmospheric jazz funk piece, and in  Does it Rain on the Moon?,  a melancholic ballad.  

Terence Blanchard and Inner City Ensemble @ Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal - September 18

(Review by Steve T)
This was ostensibly part of the Lancaster Jazz Festival about a twenty-minute drive away, but I found no trace of the main event so I’m guessing they didn’t want to encourage people to head to Lancaster.
On close inspection I found there were no breaks in proceedings in Lancaster so it was really a case of one or the other and, while I was disappointed to miss Lancaster, and particularly the threat of a Sonny Rollins/John Zorn cross, the chance to see Terence Blanchard in a more acoustic setting than we got at the Gateshead International Jazz Festival in the spring, proved the greater attraction for me.

CD Review: Monocled Man – We Drift Meridian

Rory Simmons (trumpet, flugelhorn, keyboards, guitar), Chris Montague (guitar) & Jon Scott (drums) + Emilia Mårtensson (vocals) & Ed Begley (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Simmons layers-up haunting electronic and acoustic landscapes…associated with these far-flung [islands and atolls]. So says the publicity blurb about the new CD by Monocled Man. Multi-instrumentalist Rory Simmons’ distant, troubled trumpet sound stretches out across an expanse of ocean joining modular synths, sequencers and chopped audio

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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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