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Bebop Spoken There

Sonny Rollins: "I work very hard. I wear out suits playing." - (Downbeat May 29, 1969.)

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Bob Brookmeyer: "The group's philosophy? We're saving to buy new uniforms - the ties wore out." - (Crescendo March 1965).

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Today Tuesday March 28

Jonathan Silk's Fragment Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £10/£8. JNE/Schmazz gig.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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Northern Monkey Brass Band - The Fox, West End Tce., Hexham NE46 3DB. 9pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

JATP Re-visited.

With no gigs to go to I locked myself in with some vintage JATP. This was the real McCoy from the days when Norman Granz simply booked the best musicians available and threw them into the ring and said, "Okay, get on with it!"
The Jazz Police of the day raised their arms in shock horror and called upon the almighty to strike them down with thunderbolts.
However, the only thunderbolts came from the stage with some of the most exciting jazz ever captured on record. It wasn't subtle, it was going for the jugular in the form of drum battles (Buddy and Gene), trumpet jousts (Shavers, Eldridge, McGhee, Killian), tenor tear-ups with Jacquet, Flip, Ventura and, to a lesser extent, Hawk and Lester. Then there was that infamous series of chase choruses by Nat Cole and Les Paul on "The Blues".
The crowd roared them on and they responded - boy did they respond!
Okay it's throwing Christians to the lions stuff and not for the turtlenecked sweater brigade but turn the volume up and you're right there with them.
There were a few subtleties, Oscar was just beginning to emerge - his well known version of "Tenderly" being a serene moment in the maelstrom - and the occasional ballad medley with Roy turning in a nice "Talk of the Town" and Benny Carter doing "Cocktails For Two" provided more space to re-charge. But though welcome, they were few, - excitement was the name of the game.
Which, finally, brings me to the point. Why not a massive midsummer jam at say the Bridge, Corner House or Chilli, involving as many of the local big hitters who are up for it and prepared to put their reputations on the line?
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. This is a good idea, Lance! Worth trying to carry it forward. Perhaps it might be worthwhile to vary the programmes sufficiently to include a mix of all sorts of different Jazz styles on each programme - it might open some people's eyes to the good things that are being played on the parts of the Northern scene which they don't usually go to, and thus encourage support of live local gigs. This ancient tenor player would be interested to take part if his hair and teeth hold out long enough!

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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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