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Bebop Spoken There

Jackie McLean: “I can't understand British audiences. In Britain there doesn't seem to be any curiosity." (Melody Maker, April 1, 1961).

Charles Mingus: "It seems to me that if our records were not issued in Britain, the British cats would have to think for themselves" (Jazz News, July 26th 1961)

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Today Tuesday July 25

Evening
Misha Mullov-Abbado Sextet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane NE25 5DW. 8pm. Free.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. £10 & £8. JNE gig.
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Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Idle Words

These aren't just any idle words but idle words about a band called - "Idle Words." Idle Words are infact a duo comprising Tom on guitar and Jenifer on vocals.
Tom has sent me a link to their website which contains soundbytes of their work that make for nice easy listening and I don't use the term in any derogotary sense.
Based in Berkshire, it is unlikely we will hear them live up here in the frozen North although they could probably slot in at the Cherry Tree or Slaley Hall if they were able to pick up some gigs en route.
They are jazzy wedding, garden party, mature barbecue fodder rather than out and out jazz club material and none the worse for that. If I had to nit-pick I think the sound would be even better with a bass player added to the line-up however, in these difficult times the bassman is always the first to go!
Their songbook contains standards from all eras including some catchy originals but their style is most definitely 30s/40s. Tom states his preference being towards the "Five Spirits of Rhythm" whilst Jenifer is undoubtedly close to Madeleine Peyroux although, like Madeleine, there is a lot of Billie Holiday in the mix..
Check them out here.
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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