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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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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

CUSP @ The Cluny. May 28, 2013

Chris Bridges (trombone), Keith Phillips (guitar), Dave Tompkins (double bass) & Hugh Lawrence (drums)
(Review by Russell).
The quartet CUSP are the duo String and Bone - Chris Bridges, trombone, and Keith Phillips guitar - augmented by the bass and drums pairing of Dave Tompkins and Hugh Lawrence. The band's debut CD all there is has stirred sufficient interest to make it worthwhile taking it on the road. The Cluny featured on the itinerary. 
The low attendance could, perhaps, be explained away by reference to the half term holiday, the close proximity to the Evolution Festival staged over the long bank holiday weekend, the 'summer' weather, a crowded north east jazz calendar or the inescapable fact that CUSP aren't household names. A combination of factors seems most likely in explaining the disappointing turn out. 
Keith Phillips is an exponent of seventies-style fusion guitar playing. The guitarist's tune Metanoia exemplified his approach; assured pyrotechnics, lyricism intact. Frontline partner Chris Bridges has wide ranging credits on the free scene including Evan Parker and Paul Dunmall. One observer at the Jazz North East Schmazz gig suggested the big 'bone blasts were out of Hannabiell Sanders' book. True, there was a similarity, also think Gary Valente and you'll get an idea of where Bridges is at. 
The Cake Lie (good guitar/drums exchange), In Dent, Wave Machine and Scragg were culled from the CD all there is and an older tune - Route 49 - gave every indication that CUSP will continue to develop and it would be good to hear them again. Dave Tompkins' bass playing was fine although he was over-amplified on the evening and drummer Hugh Lawrence's busy style powered the band across two sets. 
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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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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