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Bebop Spoken There

“My one complaint is the guys who go to bed as frustrated trumpet players and wake up the next morning as modern jazz drummers.”Elvin Jones (Down Beat March 24, 1966).

Bebop Spoken There Archives: Greg Abate to Mike Zwerin.

Today Saturday April 19

MARK TOOMEY QUARTET - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. £5.00. 9.30pm (Free before 9 pm..)
Bird Lives!
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ZOE GILBY TRIO - Salsa Café, 89 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 5AE. 9:30pm. Free.
Top songstress in intimate setting.
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GILES STRONG (Solo Guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, Osborne Rd. Newcastle. Tel 2399924. 7:30pm.
Relax with good food and good solo jazz.
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RAY DALES QUARTET - Conservative Club, Saltburn. Free. 8.30pm.
Another fine alto player with swinging trio.
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HILDY HARLAND - Chichester Arms (Next to Chichester Metro), South Shields. 8.30pm.
Singer, new to me, worth checking out (See poster in RH Column).

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

We Free Kings - Schmazz @ The Cluny. April 24

Toby Greenwood (tenor saxophone), Mark Chandler (trumpet & flugelhorn), Jamil Sheriff (keyboards), Richard Hammond (double bass) & Dave Walsh (drums).

(Review by Russell).
I made a bee line for Cluny 2, the Head of Steam’s subterranean annexe. We Free Kings were about to offer up gifts. Arriving in the nick of time, descending the staircase it was eerily quiet. I opened the door into pitch dark silence. Now I know Schmazz is struggling for funds but surely the gig hadn’t been cancelled at the eleventh hour? Perhaps such huge numbers had turned up to bade farewell to Schmazz that there was a last minute switch to the main venue upstairs. I wandered up to the main place and sure enough there was the regular band of Schmazz diehards. It wasn’t heaving it was just the regulars. An ‘admin error’ had listed the gig as being in the other space. So, it was to be service as usual – young, new, original, innovative and ‘interesting’. Well, well, well. What do know?
This was a jazz gig! Jazz at the Cluny! Surely not? We Free Kings, led by tenor player Toby Greenwood, played it mid-sixties Miles with occasional excursions; Blue Note, a fleeting sketch of a Rollins’ calypso, a fragment of Township jazz and a large measure of Dolphy (Funny Looking Fish). The quintet didn’t need to show off, they were cool, no blistering full on assault from these guys. This was the Paul Edis Sextet with an edge to it, just a little bit of attitude. Jamil Sheriff plays electric piano as it should be played; tone, volume and style spot-on. Greenwood’s frontline partner Mark Chandler was a revelation. He played a lot of flugel. He played it beautifully. Think Noel Dennis, Graham Hardy, Steve Waterman and you get an idea of where he’s at. The pairing of bassist Richard Hammond (commendably restrained) and drummer Dave Walsh (he’s a class act having been around the block a few times) were first class and very much part of the group sound. Greenwood’s tunes held the attention, frequently hinting at the oh so familiar, but then in a trice it was gone. Tree Frog, the gospel feel of A Child’s Place, Ten Tins, the aforementioned Funny Looking Fish and PPP were just some of the numbers from the pen of the talented tenor man. The latter tune had a tale to tell and Greenwood did so engagingly with no little mirth. PPP was otherwise known by the band as Pissed People Eating Pizza but recently has become known as Posh People Eating Pasties (much hilarity on stage that it should be ‘Parsties’). Wye aye man, a canny gig.
Russell.

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
PS:I don't care what your political views are - you can love or hate Maggie, Tony, Genghis Khan or Julius Caesar - just don't air them here!
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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