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Bebop Spoken There

Jim Hall: "Won't play loud, can't play fast" - (From one of the great guitarist's business cards brought to our attention by Roly Veitch).

Joel Harrison: “It’s incredibly hard to play bebop on guitar, harder than on saxophone.” – (Jazz Times August 2015)

Sir Thomas Beecham: "Forget about the bars. Look at the phrases, please. Remember that bars are only the boxes in which the music is packed" - (Beecham Stories by Harold Atkins & Archie Newman. Robson Books, 1978).

Today Thursday June 29

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Carleen Anderson - Sage Gateshead. 7:30pm. £24.50.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068.
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - The Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth NE3 3DB. 7pm. Free.
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Paul Skerritt Band - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. 9pm.
Tees Hot Club w. Ray Dales (alto) & Kevin Eland (trumpet) - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - The Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
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Ruth Lambert Trio - The Vault, Haslam's of Hallgate, Hexham NE46 1XD. 7:30pm. £15.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, May 05, 2013

CD Review - Lacuna: Talk on the Step

Dan Messore (gtr/comp); Steve Waterman (tpt/flg); Lee Goodall (fl/alt); Aidan Thorne (bs); Ollie Howell (dms).
(Review by Lance)
This is delightful! Messore writes music that is meaningful by which I mean music that means something to the listener. Melodies that are identifiable as such and he plays them beautifully - well he would wouldn't he? You don't invent a game to get beat at it!
Having said that, Waterman and Goodall's contributions along with bass and drums are of equal importance so maybe a score draw all round with the leader getting the nod on the strength of his compositions.
How to define it? This is where Blue Note 1950's would be today if Blue Note today was where Blue Note 1950's would have been if they'd - aw forget it you know what I mean!
Released on the Babel label on May 27 it is a gem and a worthy addition to that label which, on these shores, is rapidly becoming the UK's Real Blue Note.
The fire here isn't in the Pet Shop,  it's in the long gone haunts of 52nd St but it's also in the jazz clubs of today it's in Ronnies, Birdland, the Village Vanguard and our own gone, but not forgotten, Jazz Café. These 5 guys incorporate the history of modern jazz with the present and, hopefully lay out a blueprint for the future.
On my shortlist.
Lance.
Lacuna: Talk on the Step is released by Babel on May 27.

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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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