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Bebop Spoken There

Ray Anderson: “When I started listening to the Ellington trombones, it was all over.” – (Jazz Times October 2015).

Philip Larkin: "Let-Me-Out Department: the Melody Maker now has monthly reviews of Cage, Stockhausen et al. A case for a change of name?" - (Daily Telegraph April 18, 1970).

Today Thursday November 26

Vieux Carré Jazzmen -
The Victory, Killingworth Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 1SY. 1:00pm. Free.
Tees Valley Jazzmen - No1 Champagne Bar, Market Place, Bishop Auckland. 12:30pm. Free.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, NE16 5EE.8.30pm. Free.
Tees Hot Club w. guests Ray Dales, Kevin Eland, Ernie Jackson & Bryn Jones- Dormans, Linthorpe Rd., Middlesbrough, TS5 5DT. 01642 823813. 9pm.
Sinatraland w. BBC Big Band, Claire Martin, Liane Carroll & Ian Shaw - Sage Gateshead. 7:30pm. £24, £21, £18.
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - The Millstone, Haddricks Rd., South Gosforth NE3 1QL. 6:30pm. Free. Note this month's earlier start.
The Pocket Jazz Orchestra (Jeremy McMurray, Peter Ayton, Paul Smith, Mark Toomey, Noel Dennis) - The Ship, Redmarshall, Stockton on Tees. 8pm. 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.
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!



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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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