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Bebop Spoken There

Johnny Dankworth: "[on British Trad] If you want to get ahead get a hat." - (Melody Maker July 23, 1960). From Colin Aitchison's amazing collection).

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Acker Bilk: “What's wrong with a bowler? My bank manager wears one!” (Melody Maker October 10, 1960). From Colin Aitchison's amazing collection).

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Today Friday July 31.

Afternoon.
Rendezvous Jazz
- Monkseaton Arms, Front St, Monkseaton. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra
- Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall, Stockton TS21 1EP. 8pm. Jeremy McMurray, Peter Ayton, Paul Smith, Mark Toomey, Paul Donnelly + Noel Dennis.
Cantaloop – Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim st., Newcastle NE1 6SF. 9pm. Free.
Blues Jam – The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7.30pm. Free.
Hannah Rickard & Tim Bloomer –Under the Dome Festival, Spanish city, Whitley Bay. £8. 9.30pm.
Hannah Taylor/Alix Shepherd - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ 6pm. Free.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

CD review. Nick Pride and the Pimptones - Midnight Feast of Jazz


Nick Pride (gtr); Ian Paterson (bs); Oscar Cassidy (dms); Keith Nicholson (tpt); David Wilde (ten/fl).
Special guests - Graham Hardy (tpt/flg); Paul Edis (pno); Paul Loraine/James Peacock (keys); Alex Leathard/Chris Hibbard (tmb); Tom Quilliam (bar); Zoe Gilby/Jess Roberts/Susan Hamilton (vcls).
Anyone who thinks the Pimptones aren't a jazz force to be reckoned with should listen to this CD. Sure they're funky, sure they've got soul,  sure they wear suits - they even wash. But, most importantly, the band - and their guests on the disc - have got jazz chops. Close your eyes and you could be listening to a Blue Note vinyl recorded sometime between 1955 and tomorrow - but mainly today.
It's precise, it swings, it rocks, it jumps and the soloists go for it and get it!
Picking out an individual would be pointless as each has contributed so much - the rhythm section drive it like they had 32 wheels and as many gears! Out front the horns preach the gospel aided and abetted on three tracks by, individually, Zoe, Jess and Susan. Zoe we all know cuts it but the other two are up there with her.
Catch them live and buy the album - if you can't make a gig check out the samples - Samples here.
Lance.
Nick Pride & The Pimptones - Midnoght Feast of Jazz. Record Kicks RKXO36

1 comment :

  1. John Wheeler (on Facebook)Saturday, October 08, 2011 2:54:00 p.m.

    Just a quick note to say thank you for the Nick Pride & the Pimptones review but, moreover, thanks for ALL the reviews that you write. As a listener as much as a player in the NE it’s always good for me to hear who’s up to what and who’s playing where. And your little blogpost is where we all look. Keep up the good work marra!

    Cheers
    John

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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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