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Bebop Spoken There

Sonny Rollins: "I work very hard. I wear out suits playing." - (Downbeat May 29, 1969.)

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Bob Brookmeyer: "The group's philosophy? We're saving to buy new uniforms - the ties wore out." - (Crescendo March 1965).

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Today Friday March 24

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Mick Shoulder's Swing Manouche - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5. 0300 0269520
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Evening
James Harrison & Caroline Bagley- Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. Free.
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Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7:00pm.
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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 12, 2013

CD Review: Tatterdemalion Rachel Musson/Mark Sanders/Liam Noble


Rachel Musson (tenor & soprano saxophones), Mark Sanders (drums) & Liam Noble (keyboards)
(Review by Russell)
Tatterdemalion is a 2012 recording on the Babel Label. North East audiences are familiar with the work of free jazz drummer Mark Sanders (a frequent visitor to Tyneside) and pianist Liam Noble turns-up in a variety of contexts, most recently with Christine Tobin at the Gateshead International Jazz Festival. Schmazz regulars heard Rachel Musson at the Cluny some time ago and this CD release confirms her arrival on the improv scene. 
Seven tracks - the titles suggest a thematic structure (May Be a Silken Thread, Wheel, Spinning, The Blanket Feels Woolen) - link together musically; Noble’s electronic manipulations a welcome surprise, Sanders’ percussion battery alert to the adventures of keyboards and reeds, Musson’s braying tenor, Musson’s upper register filigree. Foghorn tenor opens the recording on May Be a Silken Thread inviting Noble to tamper with the voltage. Wheel features Musson in free-wheeling form with Sander’s signature sound ( the shredding of bells!) ringing-out. The Blue Man sees Musson switch to soprano as Sanders delves into his tool box, unearthing more bells, chains and wood blocks. On My Road casts Noble as manic manipulator, frantically shifting ground, failing to shake-off Musson’s taut, sustained upper register tenor assault. Spinning hears-out Musson’s protesting, disorientated saxophone, lost in a MC Esher echo chamber. The Blanket Feels Woolen is a quiet affair; Gamelan delicacy, breathy tenor, polite enquiry. The closing number - You Wear Your Colours and Move - is in stark contrast to the tumultuous opening tracks with its taut tenor slow movement. Tatterdemalion is available on Babel (BDV13115).              
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.
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