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Bebop Spoken There

Danny Gatton: "I was tired of playing in beer joints. I wanted to do something tangible like building cars. But once you do music it gets into your blood. You can get away from it for awhile but sooner or later it comes back to you." - (Down Beat April 1991).

Tal Farlow: "There were times when I would stop [playing guitar] and do sign painting." - (Downbeat December 5, 1963)

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Today Wednesday August 23

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
New Orleans Jazz at the Village Hall - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.
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Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).
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Saturday, May 25, 2013

CD Review: Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette - Somewhere.

Keith Jarrett (pno); Gary Peacock (bs); Jack De Johnette (dms).
Pick out your three faves to form a trio and, maybe, this could be it. Request that they play from the good old GAsbook and your dream has come true!
Listening to Jarrett playing Stars Fell on Alabama brings to mind Eddie Condon's famous quote on hearing Bix for the first time - you know the one - "the sound came out like a girl saying yes". That is how powerful this, and the other standards, are on this disc recorded back in 2009 at a concert in Lucerne, Switzerland as part of his "Standards Tour".
Give Jarrett, or indeed any musician of his standing, tunes like this to work on and it simply blows away the boring as bread originals musicians produce to avoid paying royalties to long dead composer's estates! 
Jarrett, to me, fills that niche between (not The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea which he does brilliantly here) but the middle ground twixt Peterson and Evans. Jarrett has drawn from both and threw in his own two bits to make this a most enjoyable CD.
Peacock and DeJohnette couldn't be bettered - they're with the main man all the way.
And just in case you think that jazz people have done all there is to be done with West Side Story listen to what these guys do with Somewhere and Tonight!
The album finishes with I Thought About You and I thought about this album a lot - it's a contender!
Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette - Somewhere. ECM 2766370. Available May 27, 2013.
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.
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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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