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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 Wednesday June 28

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café. 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £5/Students free - voluntary donation.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

CD Review: Man Overboard - All Hands on Deck

Thomas Gould (vln); Ewan Bleach (clt/sax); Dave O'Brien (bs); Jean-Marie Fagon (gtr); Louisa Jones (vcl).
(Review by Lance).
Just imagine, if Grappelli and Goodman had got together, what the end product would have sounded like!
By closing your eyes and allowing a little (well quite a bit) of imagination it's reasonable to assume the outcome could have sounded like this.
Both Gould and Bleach are facile performers with their classical backgrounds occasionally peeking through. How High the Moon is almost fuguelike in places but still with a delightful thirties/forties feel to it. The rhythm section are absolutely steeped in the idiom giving the required um-chug so essential to the authenticity of the style. Bleach, apart from his Goodman moments also has Bechet blasts - particularly on Premier Bal.
Louisa Jones is deceivingly laid back in her approach - if Billie Holiday had been singing these tunes today maybe Lady Day (imagination time again) might have sounded a little like this. But whatever, the end result is quite captivating.
The tunes? 18 good ones including Honeysuckle Rose, That Old Feeling, All of Me, Avalon, Lullaby of the Leaves, St. James Infirmary, Topsy... .
If I describe this as Music of The Blitz - Harry Parry, Hatchett's etc it is in no way meant to be a putdown - far from it! - and I can appreciate that these guys are going to be big on the Swing dance scene which is emerging like a reborn old time religion - "May I have the next Jitterbug before the Doodlebug blows us all to Buggery!"
Sleeve notes on this  Champs Hill Records release are by Sebastian Scotney of LondonJazzNews.
Man Overboard - All Hands on Deck is due to be launched at The Vortex Jazz Club, London on June 18, 2013.
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. I've since discovered that rhythm guitarist Jean-Marie Fagon came over here to Sunderland from Paris in 1980 and played in a band - The Suspects (AKA The Cesspits) They appeared on a compilation album Sunderland NE1 alongside the Toy Dolls.
    The music on "All Hands on Deck" is somewhat different!

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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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