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Bebop Spoken There

Marian McPartland: "When the Basie band was at Birdland I lived there" - (Melody Maker January 3, 1953). From Colin Aitchison's amazing collection).

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Robert Glasper: “I don’t understand how people can record standards, just play them in a standard fashion then expect people to get excited.” – (Jazzwise August 2015).

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Today Sunday August 30.

Afternoon
Dean Stockdale - Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Tel: 0191 233 1010. 2pm- 5pm. Check with hotel for times then check again!
Ralph Keeley (solo piano) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12.30pm. 0191 2399924.
Stanley Blues Festival - Oakey Park, Stanley. DH 9. 12 noon. Free. All-day festival returns – at a new venue – after an eight-year hiatus. Line-up includes Paul Lamb & the King Snakes, the King Bees, No Time For Jive, Struggle Buggy, Johnny Dickinson. Mitch Laddie.
Evening.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Seaton Sluice Social Club. 8:00pm. £3.00.
Mississippi Dreamboats - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7pm (doors). £5.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra - Brasserie 13, Windward Way, Middlesbrough TS2 1QG. 01642 261166. 7.30pm. Free.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Keith Nichols' Blue Devils with Jeff Barnhart @ The Saville, North Shields.

Enrico Tomasso, Ben Cummings (tpt/vcl), Keith Nichols (tmb/pno/vcl), Mark Foulkes (alt/clt), David Hornblower (alt/bar/sop/clt), Johnny Boston (ten/clt), Jeff Barnhart (pno/vcl), Martin Wheatley (bjo/gtr), Jerome ? (bs), Richard Pite (dms).
An hour and a half later I'm beginning to get my breath back - talk about exhilaration! Keith Nichol's Blue Devils gave a very well attended Saville Exchange audience exhilaration to spare.
The delights were many - too many to list - although, high on at that list if there were such a list would be Jeff Barnhart's rendering - rendering as in tearing apart - of "Sweet Georgia Brown". This was simply the best two fisted piano playing I've heard for many a long year. The effortless way he strode through the keys in the manner of pianists past was truly awesome.
He also chanted that old twenties Bing Crosby classic "I Left My Sugar Standing in the Rain (and my sugar melted away"), "Sunday" and others although perhaps the most amazing piece was the four hands, one piano, duet with Keith Nichols on "I Can Dream Can't I?".
Then there were the two trumpets - Enrico and Ben. Both featured extensively; Enrico in the fine old Armstrong tradition, Ben marginally more modern. Top class technicians and full of the joys of swing.
Jonny Boston - perfect name for a musician (or a private eye!) he did BG on clarinet and Hawk on tenor brilliantly. A singer/composer in his own right I'd also like to hear Jonny in a small band more modern setting.
Mark Foulkes had a lovely round Johnny Hodges sound on alto. Unmiked, as were all of the front-line, it was purity personified. David Hornblower (another fine name) played excellent bari as well as alto, clarry and sop.
Keith himself had his moments on trombone whilst the rhythm of Martin, Jerome (or was it Jeremy?) were idiomatically perfect.
Richard Pite? What can I say except "Is there a better drummer for this style of band?"
I don't think so.
Is there a better band playing in this style?
I don't think so.
Is there a better band?
That's a hard one.
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. Thanks so much for the kind words!
    All best regards!

    ReplyDelete

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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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