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Bebop Spoken There

Eubie Blake: “He [Willie The Lion Smith] played some tricky rhythms, if he'd seen them written down, he'd have said "Oh I couldn't play that", but he played them!” – (DownBeat May 24, 1973).

Mel Lewis: “They [kids] think the word "technique" means speed. The word "technique" just means the way you do something, that's all.” – (DownBeat July 19. 1973).

Today Saturday April 21


Afternoon

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hardwick Arms Hotel, 1 North End, Sedgefield TS21 2AZ. Tel: 01740 622305. 1:30pm. Free.

Evening


Pocket Dragon - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham. DH1 4SJ. 7:30pm. £7.00. (£5.00. advance).

Ubunye - BURC, Main Street, Spittal TD15 1RD. Tel: 07752 403409. 7:30pm. £8.00. (£5.00. child, £22.00. family).


Groove-a-matics @ Magnesia Bank, Camden Street, North Shields NE30 1NH. 9:00pm. Free.

The Hookahs - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson Street, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Slowlight Quartet @ The Star Inn, Westgate Rd., Newcastle. May 22.

Tom Quilliam (ten/sop); Paul Lorraine (keys); Ian Paterson (bs); Jonathon Marriott (dms).
(Review by Lance/Photos by James Sebright Photography).
The opener was neither slow nor light as Quilliam set the room on fire with an aggressive almost punk-like nonstop tenor blast that started on the intro and ended on the coda. No prisoners were taken.
A switch to soprano for a more mellifluous approach - at least for a while - before building  up for the kill until Lorraine brought it back from the brink and cooled it.
I can't put names to the pieces as they were, I guess, all originals and there were no announcements but it doesn't matter. One thing is sure, they weren't describing waterfalls or sunsets.
This was contemporary and yet accessible. Almost a one man show with few bass solos or drum solos and only an occasional chorus from keyboards. This was, in truth, four guys working together and it worked!
They even committed the heretic act of not finishing each number with that meaningless exercise known as "fours"!
The second set began with an explosive cadenza from Quilliam that summoned the rest of the band back on stage for another mix of shell-blasting and paintstipping albeit with the occasional reverie slipped in amongst the shot and shell.
The music may be verging on free but the heads are arranged effectively before releasing the musicians off into the wild.
An excellent session - catch this band when you can.
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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