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Bebop Spoken There

Les Paul: "Okay so you make great sounds. The people you're playing for, they work all day, they don't go to music schools and study harmony. They pay their dough, they come in, they listen. If they don't understand what you're doing, they walk out. What are you supposed to do, tie 'em with a rope whilst you explain you're playing great music?" - (Down Beat June 15, 1951).

Jack Perciful: "Unless you're playing somewhere like Carnegie Hall, in the States, the piano is the last thing they buy. When they've got ten dollars left over they go buy a piano." - (Crescendo October 1971.)

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Sunday May 28

Afternoon.
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
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Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Northumberland Park, Tynemouth Rd., Tynemouth NE30 2HA. 3pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Evening
Cancelled! Young Musicians Jam Session - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm. Cancelled!
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Billy Bootleggers All Star House Band w. Teresa Watson - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Gormon-sense

Apart from jazz one of my interests is American crime fiction. Chandler, Spillane, Jim Thompson are all favourites of mine. Another is Ed Gorman.
Yesterday I read a short story of his entitled "Muse".
It is loosely jazz orientated and includes the following truism:
"You've never heard Porter or Kern or Larry Hart until you've heard them done by great jazz singers and musicians. Then you'll find out just how rich their music really is."
This caught my fancy because it is so true. Many of the great standards began life in Broadway shows or Hollywood musicals where they were sung in the strident theatrical manner or in that quasi-operatic style so beloved of the Great White Way.
Listen to Ella's series of songbooks, Frank's or Mel Tormé's versions of the Gasbook and you have an art form so far removed and above the original it is sometimes difficult to reconcile the two.
On the instrumental side, musicians have extended the life of the composer's songs into immortality.
You'd think the composers would have been grateful for this expansion of their work. Far from it - they frequently sued. The estate of one famous composer has made a career out of it!
Even Cole Porter, whose canon many would say had been enhanced by Sinatra's interpretations, took offence, according to Larry Adler - a mouthorgan player - at 'Old Blue Eye's' rendition of "I Get a Kick Out of You".
I guess he didn't object to the royalties.
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. In regard to the item's mention of litigating composers, many years ago I had a vinyl copy of Mark Murphy's "Rah" album on Riverside Records. Along with such jazz staples as "Milestones", "Li'l Darlin'", "Doodlin'", "Twisted" and others, he did a great rendition of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "My Favourite Things" from "The Sound Of Music", and like the above named selections, there were some special lyrics added to the original "Raindrops on roses, whiskers on kittens", etc. Mark's words concerned "Miles and Gil blowin', Mulligan swingin', the Hi-Los Hi-Lo-in'", ec. But my favourite couplet was "Memories of Billie, the soul and the heartache, sessions 'til daybreak in which I can partake, ol' Ernie Wilkins, he sure gives you wings, these are a few of my favourite things", etc.
    The album got lost when I moved from Connecticut to California in '64, but I soon replaced it, only to find that the composers had threatened to sue Riverside, and forced the original album off the market, and my new copy had the offending lyrics excised! This was also around the time Riverside went bankrupt, and my copy was a reissue by Orpheum Productions.
    I've now got this on CD, and that also is an edited version. Has anyone got a copy of the original album?? "Let's Make A Deal!!"
    Dave (Dave the Rave)
    TAKE IT TO THE BRIDGE

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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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