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Bebop Spoken There

Miles Davis: "He [Max Roach] said he'd rather hear a guy miss a couple of notes than hear the same old cliches all the time." - (Downbeat November 2, 1955).
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Abdullah Ibrahim: “When I started composing in Cape Town, people would say, ‘That sounds like Monk.’ That’s how I first heard about Monk. So I said, ‘Let me listen to this person.’ – (Down Beat May 2015).

Today Saturday May 30

Afternoon.
!CANCELLED! NOEMI NUTI - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 4pm. £12. (£20 for workshop and concert).
Workshop with emphasis on Brazilian music. Instrumentalists and vocalists. !CANCELLED!
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DUKE VALENTINE'S ALL-STARS - Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club - St. Augustine's, Larchfield St.., Darlington DL3 7TG. 12.30pm. £10.
Monthly - Back on June 6.
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PLAY JAZZ WORKSHOP - Sage Gateshead. 2pm. £25/£22.
Players of all instruments and levels learn from the masters.First Saturday in the month - Back on June 6.
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Evening
GEORGIE FAME AND THE BLUE FLAMES - City Hall, Northumberland Rd., Newcastle. 7.30pm. £25/£20.
One of the UK's greatest ever jazz rockers w band including Alan Skidmore, Guy Barker and Alec Dankworth. Yeh! Yeh!
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GILES STRONG/MICK SHOULDER - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. Free.
Guitar duo that may spring a few surprises.
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NEOMI NUTI BAND - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7.30pm. £12.
Vocalist from NYC speciality Brazilian music.
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JAMES HARRISON (Solo piano) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd, Jesmond NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 7.30pm.
Quality food and solo jazz.
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LEGENDS of SWING - Seaton Sluice Social Club. 8pm. £3.
Have the Maine St. Jazzmen changed their name?
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RUTH LAMBERT/MARK WILLIAMS - Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 7pm - 10pm. 0191 2331010.
Top class vcl/gtr duo in the Redwood Bar. Note earlier start
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JOOLS HOLLAND's R'n'B ORCHESTRA - Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Rd., Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ. 7.30pm. £33.50.
The fans will turn out for the rockingest band around - no doubt a jazzman or two in their midst!
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RENDEZVOUS JAZZ - Sandpiper, Cullercoats. 8.30pm £3.
Monthly session featuring Maureen Hall and Rendezvous Jazz. Back June 6.

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

CD Review - Dagda Quartet: DAGDA ((w. Michael Buckley.)

Tom Harrison (alt); Michael Buckley (sop/ten); Billy Adamson (gtr); Tom West (bs); Mike Clowes (dms).
Dagda is the leader of the Tuatha-De-Danann. He is the god of life, death, war, banquets, and magic. He carries a club so big it has to be carried on a cart. 
This was what I discovered when I Googled the band name - and there was me thinking it was some form of contemporary five string banjo tuning!
Not that there were any banjos on this gig! Having heard the band live only a couple of days ago and been suitably impressed I looked forward to hearing the CD and I wasn't disappointed.
Although Tenor Titan Toussaint is replaced by the Dynamic Dublin Doubler Buckley the quality level is undiminished. Not only did the Irishman blow powerful solos on soprano and tenor he also mixed, mastered and produced the whole shebang!
However, this is primarily Harrison's baby. Tom composed the Suite For RLH which was dedicated to his grandfather who may or may not have been the leader of the Tuatha-De-Danann - if he wasn't he should have been. Anyone who can inspire such an impressive work as this must have been quite a guy!
As it was at Sunday's concert, Harrison's alto playing is superb, at times lyrical and melodic, other times forceful and aggressive. Currently in his final year at Trinity he is a musical sandwich board for that seat of learning!
Guitarist Adamson composed and was featured on Song in C - a delicate probing piece with a slightly folky feel to it that built to a logical climax - Mike Clowes drums helping to increase the tension before the horns brought it gently back down.
NLTD showcased Buckley who, driven along by Clowes and West, impressed.
The only non original - Strayhorn's A Flower is a Lovesome Thing - featured Tom West on double bass and Harrison, at his most lyrical - I look forward to hearing much more of him and of Dagda!.
Dagda Quartet, 'Dagda' (LR009) - further details..
Lance.

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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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