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Bebop Spoken There

Cat Anderson: "It [the Lionel Hampton Band] was a wonderful experience, and there was lots of excitement, but the work was too hard and underpaid" - (Down Beat January 25 1968).

Arturo O’Farrill: “I like to put a younger musician next to a veteran and hope each will influence the other’s thinking.” – (Down Beat September 2014).

Bebop Spoken There Archives.

Today Saturday September 20

Afternoon
- St. Augustine's, Larchfield Tce., Darlington DL3 7TG. 12.30pm. £10.
Monthly back October 4.
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Evening
PAUL EDIS SEXTET - Lancaster (Lancashire) Jazz Festival).
Part of the Mr Hipster Album Tour.
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PETER GILLIGAN/MARK WILLIAMS - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1. 9pm. £5/£3 (Before 8.30pm).
Top pianist/guitar duo.
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JAMES BIRKETT (Solo jazz guitar) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd, Jesmond NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924.
Quality food and music.
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RENDEZVOUS JAZZ - Sandpiper, Cullercoats. 8.30pm £3.
Monthly session featuring Maureen Hall and like-minded stompers. Back first Saturday in October.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Alan Barnes @ Jazz Café September 19.










Alan Barnes (alt/bar/clt); Paul Edis (pno); Paul Susans (bs); Rob Walker (dms).
(Review by Lance/left photo courtesy of Ken Drew/right photo courtesy of Mike Tilley).
In the delightful, intimate, setting of the "Caff's" upper room the disciples came to hear and dutifully worship The Master(s) who preached the gospel of good music, good fun and goddamn awful gags.!
In this latter respect, since the passing of Ronnie Scott, Barnes has long held the post of Court Jester and he never fails to get the fans on his side with a quip or six. However, joking apart (boom! boom!), it is his playing that makes him such an outstanding performer and in this respect he is second to none.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Alan Barnes & Paul Edis @ The Gala, Durham. September 19

Alan Barnes (alto & baritone saxophones, clarinet) & Paul Edis (piano)
(Review by Russell/Photo by Ken Drew from the evening gig at Jazz Café).
Another full house. You Stepped Out of a Dream, I’m Old Fashioned, One Note Samba. Pianist Paul Edis invited reeds maestro Alan Barnes to travel ‘up north’ to play a couple of gigs. The first of them in the studio theatre at the Gala, Durham attracted yet another capacity audience…’What’s New?’ you might say.
The presence of Alan Barnes signalled a step change in the profile of musicians invited to perform at the monthly lunchtime session. The region’s finest have played fine sets at the venue, but a musician as well known as Alan Barnes indicates how successful the venture has become. 

Pilgrim St. Set @ Hoochie Coochie Sept. 18

Richard Burns (tpt); Gary Turner (ten); Paul Edis (pno); Paul Susans (bs); Rob Walker (dms).
"Good to see you on this historic night" said owner Warren referring to the referendum going on in his native Scotland.
I agreed. On stage history was also being made, and remembered, in a program of compositions from the not to distant past (Shorter, Coleman, Zappa) and some forward looking originals. The first set had some balance problems with keyboard a little below the required sound level to cope with what was going on around him. Perhaps a soundcheck would have helped.
Fortunately, by the second set, the levels had evened out and they produced a great overall sound with all the guys on form. I didn't stay to the end as 'my gang' were absent tonight and I knew a long night lay ahead!
Lance.

Kenny Wheeler Update

(From David Fraser ECM Label Manager Proper Note.)
ECM Records have posted this message from Manfred Eicher and Steve Lake on their website this morning:
September 19 , 2014
Angel Songs - Kenny Wheeler 1930-2014
The news of Kenny Wheeler’s death, at the age of 84, reached us just two weeks after we’d finished work on the mixing and mastering of his new album, which was recorded at London’s Abbey Road last Christmas. The session itself was inspirational, a very frail Kenny rousing himself to play creative and touching flugelhorn improvisations in a programme of nine of his fine songs, surrounded and supported by some of his favourite players: Stan Sulzmann on tenor sax, John Parricelli on guitar, Chris Laurence on bass, Martin France on drums. Three of the band were able to join us for the mix of an album which was to have marked a return to ECM for Kenny after some years away. A release date for the album is not yet finalized, but early 2015 seems likely.
Manfred Eicher / Steve Lake

Thursday, September 18, 2014

RIP Kenny Wheeler

The news that trumpet player/composer/arranger Kenny Wheeler has passed away came as a shock if not a surprise - he'd been ill for sometime. Nevertheless, his death was an untimely reminder of how few of the jazz greats are left. Although Canadian by birth, where he was much loved, Kenny spent most of his musical career in this country. His ground-breaking Windmill Tilter Suite with the Dankworth band is an important work and invites comparision with any of the extended works of many, more renowned, composers.
Kenny Wheeler died September 18 aged 84.
Sadly missed.
Lance.
PS: Now someone is saying on F/b that it's a hoax!

RIP Jackie Cain.

Jackie Cain died on Monday Sept. 15. Really sad news to anyone familiar with the dynamic vocal duo Jackie and Rov [Kral].
They really were something else breathing a breath of spring to 1940s/50s vocals. Cool bebop phrases and harmonies, first with Charlie Ventura's Bop For the People combo and then as a duo. I never caught them live, only on LP. Roy's piano playing, as modern as tomorrow and as traditional as yesterday, coupled with his and her vocals they are still an object lesson for singers. Nobody sung scat quite like them.
Roy died in 2002 and now Jackie, aged 86, is gone.
Sadly missed.
YouTube.
Obituary.
Lance.

Join in and make music at Sage Gateshead

(Press release)
Sage Gateshead’s music making and learning programme invites you to join in and make music with them – the Autumn term starts Monday 22 September and with more activities on offer than ever before, you’re sure to find something that’s right for you.
The Adult Programme provides a range of vocal and instrumental classes, whether you’re starting from scratch or reigniting your passion for singing or playing.

CD Review: Partisans – Swamp

Julian Siegel - saxophones & bass clarinets;  Phil Robson – guitars; Thaddeus Kelly – bass; Gene Calderazzo – drums.
(Review by Steve H.)
The Partisans could be described as an Indie Jazz British super group - all members being stars in their own right. Swamp is the band’s fifth studio album since their formation in 1996 and the tightness and empathy in this performance are apparent throughout.
Flip the Sneck (Siegel) is a jolly opener with an easily recognisable theme.  Siegel  leads the way before Robson ends the piece with a crushing guitar solo. Low Glow (Siegal) has a great bass  background reminiscent of Miles’ 70’s era recordings complemented by Calderazzo’s sensitive drumming allowing Siegal and Robson space to flow with fine solos. 

CD Review: Mammal Hands - Animalia.

Nick Smart (keys); Jordan Smart (saxes); Jesse Barrett (dms/tabla).
(Review by Lance.)
One of the quotes describes this as "Somewhere between Go Go Penguin and early Portico Quartet". 
I'm not sure that that's an area I particularly want to visit - with or without Penguins. However, after tentatively dipping my toe in the water, I find this to be a not unpleasant experience. All three musicians are talented players capable of meaningful improvisations without resorting to the barnyard effects so beloved of many of our contemporary players.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

CD Review: Louis Sclavis Quartet – Silk and Salt Melodies

Louis Sclavis (clarinet), Gilles Coronado (guitar), Benjamin Moussay (piano, keyboard), Keyvan Chemirani (percussion).
(Review by Hugh)
Silk and Salt Melodies is Louis Sclavis' tenth album for ECM. He has previously collaborated with Gilles Coronado and Benjamin Moussay on his last album Sources. On this new album, which was recorded in a studio near Avignon in March 2014, the trio are joined by Iranian classical percussionist, Keyvan Chemirani who brings a new dimension to their sound world. Chemirani has played in many different formats from classical Iranian music to working with musicians from India, Greece, Turkey and Spain.

Jazz Café Jam September 16

Peter Gilligan (pno); Bradley Johnston (gtr); John Pope (bs); Paul Wight (dms) + Brian Lynham (hca/vcl); Hannah Wilson (vcl); Ray Truscott (bs gtr); Kathryn Lowdon (vcl).
(Review by Lance/photo by Mike Tilley).
The house trio became a quartet tonight with the addition of  Bradley on guitar. How well this young man has mastered the idiom slotting in comfortably with Gilligan, Wight and Pope John - the latter depping for the absent Paul Grainger.
Days of Wine and Roses took off as if the bar and the florist were about to close in 3 minutes time! The quartet made it! Johnston provided the melody for All the Things You Are, Gilligan took us to Dear Old Stockholm followed by some Latin rhythms on that bossa nova with 20 different names. Tonight it may have been sailing under Carnival. 

Preview - Claire Martin @ Sage Gateshead Monday September 22

Claire Martin OBE brings her wealth of experience as a jazz vocalist into a brand new arena with the Brighton based Montpellier Cello Quartet. This exciting new venture combines her love of the Great American Songbook and popular classics with brand new arrangements especially commissioned for this project by internationally renowned composers including Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Mark Anthony Turnage and Django Bates.
Unlike anything Claire has ever done before, this chamber/jazz adventure promises to be a magical fusion that brings a new sonic perspective to songs such as Kurt Weills’ ‘My Ship’, Gershwin’s ‘My Man’s Gone Now’ and Lennon and McCartneys’ ‘She’s Leaving Home’.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Pub says "No" to Hipsters!


Having a pint in The Star of Kings - next to Kings Place - this notice raised a smile although Paul Edis (new album Mr Hipster to be launched at Sage Gateshead  on Sept. 25) may not have been amused.
Lance

CD Review – Stefano Bollani – Joy In Spite of Everything

Stefano Bollani (piano), Mark Turner (tenor saxophone), Bill Frisell (guitar), Jesper Bodilsen (bass), Morten Lund (drums)
(Review by Hugh)
Stefano Bollani has had previous collaborations with Enrico Rava and Chick Corea and has also improvised solo or led a trio. On this album we find him with a transatlantic quintet powered by a Danish rhythm section and joined by guitarist Bill Frisell and saxophonist Mark Turner. The album, which comprises nine new compositions by Bollani was recorded in New York City's Avatar Studios. The albums performance configurations range from quintet to quartet to trio to duo.

Coltrane in Glasgow

With all the current debate over Scottish devolution, it's perhaps timely that I came across this particular gem from the pages of Jazz Journal in 1962.
Following on from an extended critique of Coltrane and the "avant-garde" in the pages of JJ, reader Wellington Holliday of Glasgow weighed in with his own experience of hearing Trane and Dolphy when they toured the UK the previous autumn.
As was well-documented elsewhere in the press at the time, the tour met a mixed reception, with bemused reviews appearing in Melody Maker and Jazz News.
However, I'll wager that Coltrane wasn't expecting to be accosted at the side of the stage by a disgruntled, slightly pissed, gobby Scotsman...
Simon Spillett.

This Sunday at Blaydon - A 30 year celebration

Roly Veitch/Jeremy McMurray Quartet plus guests Mark Toomey alto sax and Noel Dennis tpt/flgl

The club started at the Black Bull in Sept 1984 so this concert marks 30 years of jazz at Blaydon.  Great Teesside pianist Jeremy McMurray joins Roly Veitch guitar, Neil Harland bass, David Francis drums plus special guests Mark and Noel for an evening of standards and some of Mark's compositions - with a boppish flavour no doubt. 
Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon. Sunday September 21. 8pm.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Joe Sample’s crusade is at an end

(Obituary by Russell)
Joe Sample, founding member of the Jazz Crusaders, has died at 75. In his home town of Houston, Texas, Sample formed a band in high school with friends Wilton Felder and Stix Hooper. Later they recruited trombonist Wayne Henderson, changed their name to the Jazz Crusaders, and in a few short years would hit the big time.

Djangologie @ The Lit & Phil. September 12

Mick Shoulder (contrabasse), Emma Fisk (violon), James Birkett (guitare) & Giles Strong (guitare rythmique)
(Review by Russell).
Monsieur M.Shoulder ‘Sur contrabasse et les announces inutiles.’ So said the programme notes written by the man himself. Francophile Djangologist Mick Shoulder is getting into all things Django in a big way. Impenetrable notes, incomprehensible announcements (in pigeon French), whatever next…berets? Come to think of it, a beret-wearing fan took his seat in a packed-out Lit and Phil, no doubt leaving his bicycle outside, onions drying out under a strong September sun.

The Jazz Repertory Company presents A Tribute to Jazz At The Philharmonic. Cadogan Hall, London. Sept. 14

Charlie Shavers, Howard McGhee, (or) Roy Eldridge, Dizzy Gillespie (tpts); Charlie Ventura, Flip Phillips, Illinois Jacquet (ten); Tommy Turk (tmb); Oscar Peterson, Nat Cole (pno); Les Paul, Barney Kessel (gtr); Ray Brown (bs); Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich (dms); Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday (vcls).
(Review by Lance)
I didn't believe in reincarnation - not until yesterday afternoon that is when Cadogan Hall was transformed into the Shrine Auditorium, LA and the above star-studded line-up was brought back to life and playing better than ever!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Jamil Sheriff Trio @ Jazz Café. September 13

Jamil Sheriff (piano), Pete Turner (double bass) & Dave Walsh (drums)
(Review by Russell/photo by Mike Tilley)
The Jamil Sheriff Trio played a Saturday night gig at the Jazz Café and what a gig! One question arises – where was the audience? A handful took their seats to listen to a piano trio of exceptional quality. Sheriff, an academic staffer at Leeds College of Music, made a return visit to Newcastle having previously performed at the Lit & Phil, and as on that occasion, he had with him his regular partners Pete Turner (double bass) and drummer Dave Walsh.

Have Faith in Hyde Park

Tune into BBC Radio 2 today (Sunday 14) from 1:00pm to listen to an eight hour marathon broadcast Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park. At 1:50pm Clare Teal introduces Gregory Porter and from 4:20pm Paloma Faith takes a walk in the park.

Stay tuned…Clare Teal follows at 9:00pm, then at 11:00pm Moira Stuart plays recordings by Ellington, Marian McPartland and others.  
Russell. 

Beats & Pieces Big Band @ Kings Place. Sept. 13

Ben Cottrell, director; Anthony Brown, Sam Healey, Ben Watte / saxophones; Owen Bryce, Graham South, Nick Walters / trumpets; Ed Horsey, Simon Lodge, Rich McVeigh / trombones; Anton Hunter / guitar; Patrick Hurley / piano, Fender Rhodes; Harrison Wood / bass; Finlay Panter / drums.
(Review by Lance).
What a band! swingers every one! Not a music stand in sight, sorry, the drummer had one! They went for the jugular from the off with powerhouse ensembles and dynamic solos. The saxes in particular blew as if it was the eve of Armageddon  The inevitable comparisions are made to Loose Tubes and they are valid except this is 2014 and these guys are playing for today as, of course, LT did in their day. 
Impossible to single anyone out and the above line-up is only a guess so please let me know any corrections needed.
A fitting end to a splendid couple of days and Cadogan Hall to come (JATP 3.30pm today).
Lance.

Blue-Eyed Hawk @ Kings Place Sept. 13

Lauren Kinsella (voice), Alex Roth (guitar, effects, synth, voice), Laura Jurd (trumpet, synth, voice), Corrie Dick (drums, percussion, harmonium, piano, voice).
When my review copy of Blue-Eyed Hawk's Under the Moon dropped through the letter box I took one look and promptly despatched it of to one of our other reviewers deciding that this wasn't for me.
I was wrong!
Boy was I wrong!

A Thousand Kisses Deep – Christine Tobin: Sage Gateshead Sept. 12

Christine Tobin (voice); Phil Robson (guitar); Dave Whitford (double bass);
Huw Warren (accordion, piano); Andriano Adewole (percussion)
(Review by Ann Alex)
Tonight I got to sing with Christine Tobin! - well myself and the rest of the audience, as we la la la’d along to Ms Tobin’s scat.  I was so excited that I’ve forgotten which song was being sung at the time.  The concert was a tribute to Leonard Cohen who is celebrating his 80th birthday.  Some would say that no-one can sing Cohen’s songs like Cohen, but Ms Tobin made a very good job of interpreting the songs with the help of her excellent musicians, in a line-up which is unusual for jazz. Brief details of the genesis of each song were given by Ms Tobin in her gentle Irish voice, very relaxing to listen to. 

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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.)
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