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Bebop Spoken There

Charenee Wade: “…I was maybe 10 or 11, I was listening to 50 year old Sarah Vaughn and trying to sound like her.” – (Jazzwise October 2015).

Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis: “Wearing jeans, sweat shirts and sneakers is okay for a bowling alley but is unacceptable on stage or in a club; such an appearance detracts from his talent. Really, what's missing from today's jazzmen is dignity.” – (Crescendo December 1975).


Today Friday October 9

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front St, Monkseaton. 1pm. Free.
Bradley Johnston Quartet - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham, DH1 1WA. 1pm. £4.
Paul Edis (Solo piano)/ Early Bird Band - Jazz Café. 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle, NW1 5DW. 9:00pm. £4 (Early Bird Band set at 7:30pm is free.)
Taupe/Dead Hedge Trio/Waskerley Way - Head of Steam, 2 Neville St., Newcastle NE1 5EN. 8pm. £5.
Djazzville - Maltings Theatre, Eastern Lane, Berwick TD15 1AJ. 8pm. £12.

Friday, March 02, 2012

CD Review: All There, Ever Out Alexander Hawkins Ensemble

Alexander Hawkins (piano & Hammond B3 organ), Javier Carmona (drums & percussion), Otto Fischer (guitar), Dominic Lash (double bass), Hannah Marshall (cello) & Orphy Robinson (marimba) + Kit Downes (Hammond B3 organ) 
 Alexander Hawkins has visited Tyneside on several occasions with his own ensemble and in the quartet he co-leads with bassist Dominic Lash, Taylor Ho Bynum and Harris Eisenstadt (collectively the Convergence Quartet). 
All There, Ever Out is the Hawkins’ Ensemble’s second release on the Babel label. Hawkins balances the freely improvised with structured composition; the pendulum swings from one to the other within a given piece as conversations are struck between two, then three or more instruments. Tatum Totem III features Hawkins’ sparkling piano playing, Otto Fischer’s incisive ‘out’ excursions, Orphy Robinson (marimba) and sharp drumming from Javier Carmona. Ahab with its military march piano, drum rolls and abundant humour puts this track firmly in the Rootie Tootie tradition of Monk (and Tracey). 
An untitled group composition - (Untitled Free Improvisation) - spotlights Hawkins’ piano and one of Hannah Marshall’s many effective Downtown cello contributions. Hawkins’ talents as composer, musician and bandleader are distilled on Elmoic, the stand-out track of this wonderful new album. Myriad influences coalesce – Tatum swing, stride, off-kilter Monk and finally the big ensemble sound propelled Mingus-like by bassist Dominic Lash. 
All There, Ever Out with liner notes by Taylor Ho Bynum is released on April 9th on the Babel label (Babel BDV1196). The CD launch is at the Vortex, London on April 22nd. The Alexander Hawkins Ensemble will be touring later this year. 
Those within touching distance of Newcastle can hear Hawkins next week (Thursday March 8th ) with Vole in a much anticipated gig at the Bridge Hotel.

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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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