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Bebop Spoken There

Dizzy Gillespie: “If it's easy it's not worth it.– (Down Beat May 11, 1972).

Richard Davis: “Every musician's wife knows that his instrument comes first. And having to live with that can be a chore (Down Beat May 11, 1972).

Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival Competition

Win a Family Weekend Pass to the UK's most idyllic Jazz festival.
1) In which county is Burton Agnes Hall situated?
2) Which artist appearing at the Festival was described by Christine Tobin as having ‘a wild musical spirit’?
3) Who will close this year’s Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival?
Email your answers to lanceliddle@gmail.com
Competition closes on May 27 so send your entry now.

Today Thursday May 5

Afternoon.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Victory, Killingworth Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 1SY. 1:00pm. Free.
Miles Ahead (film) - Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle.
Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society - Gateshead Library, Prince Consort Rd., Gateshead. 5pm. "The A + B of Café Songbook".
Evening.
Tees Hot Club w. John Brett (ten); Mark Toomey (alt); Kevin Eland (tpt). - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
Maine St., Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside, Tyne and Wear, 8:30pm. Free.
Peter Gilligan Quartet - The Empty Shop, Framwwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SY. £5/£4 (students). 8pm.
Matt Holborn Quartet - Hamsterley Village Hall, nr. Bishop Auckland DL13 3QF. 7:30pm. £22 (family); £7.50 (adult); £5 (child). 7:30pm.
Dave Lee's Jazzmen - St. Joseph's CMS Club, Birtley. 8:30pm. £3/£2:50.

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 pm

    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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