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Bebop Spoken There

Miles Davis: "He [Max Roach] said he'd rather hear a guy miss a couple of notes than hear the same old cliches all the time." - (Downbeat November 2, 1955).
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Abdullah Ibrahim: “When I started composing in Cape Town, people would say, ‘That sounds like Monk.’ That’s how I first heard about Monk. So I said, ‘Let me listen to this person.’ – (Down Beat May 2015).

Today Friday May 29

Afternoon.
RENDEZVOUS JAZZ - Monkseaton Arms, Front St, Monkseaton. 1pm. Free.
Classic jazz in new, just along the street, venue.
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STEPHEN GREW/YOSHIE KAWAMURA - Lit and Phil, 23 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SE. 1pm. £5.
Emancipation of the Dissonant is the billing given to this lunchtime recital by two contrasting solo pianists.
Kawamura will give us some Prokofiev and Grew will launch an improv CD actually recorded at the L and P. A challenging afternoon awaits.
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Evening.
CAFE SOCIETY - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. £5 (£3 before 8.30pm).
London based quartet blending contemporary jazz, hip-hop and soul. That's what the man says!
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ZOE GILBY/DEAN STOCKDALE - Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 6pm - 9pm. 0191 2331010. Free.
More duo delights in the Redwood Bar and you ain't gonna get much better than this!
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BRASS STUDS - Cluny 2, Lime St., Newcastle. 8pm. £4.
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GEORGE SHOVLIN and the RADARS - Dun Cow, 9 High St. West. Sunderland, SR1 3HA. 8pm. £4.
Blues by the best. Fortnightly - Back June 5.
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- Opus 4, Traveller's Rest, West Auckland Rd., Cockerton, Darlington. 8pm. £6.
Monthly - Back June 19 w. Dean Stockdale Quartet.

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Madeleine Peyroux @ The Sage, Gateshead. Monday May 1.

Madeleine Peyroux (vcl/gtr); Gary Vercase (keys); John Harrington (gtr); Barack(?) Murray (bs); Darren Beckett (dms).
What can you say about Peyroux? She's got a vocal sound that first captured me when I heard Dance Me To The End Of Love on her Careless Love CD.
That sound was very much in evidence tonight in front of a well-attended Sage Hall One. Put a band of A-listers alongside her and you have the perfect recipe for enjoyment.
And yet...
...I came away feeling ever so slightly let down - as if I expected Cloud 7 (which I did) and only made it to Cloud number 5.  The material, particularly early on in her set was just so samey - a criticism that has been heard before - and it did begin to pall. In fact it wasn't until the last couple of numbers that the jazzier element emerged - an I Hear Music where she introduced the band and a Ja-Da based number that got a nice groove going.
However, the crowd enjoyed it all and, with reservations, so did I.
Earlier, guitar/vocalist R.J.Thompson did a 30 minute support set. That's the difference between an out and out jazz gig and the fringier ones - the latter invariably have a support act.
This is no reflection on RJ who I have heard before in a similar role - he does it well.
Lance.
PS: Am I alone in longing for the days when singers were singers and songwriters were songwriters - apart from Johnny Mercer and Hoagy Carmichael !?

1 comment :

  1. Completely with you on your post script... On a lesser gripe I feel that singers should sing and not play at the same time, they often sound better doing one thing rather than 2! Louis Amstrong never played and sang at the same time!

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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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