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Bebop Spoken There

Jackie McLean: “I can't understand British audiences. In Britain there doesn't seem to be any curiosity." (Melody Maker, April 1, 1961).

Charles Mingus: "It seems to me that if our records were not issued in Britain, the British cats would have to think for themselves" (Jazz News, July 26th 1961)

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Today Tuesday July 25

Evening
Misha Mullov-Abbado Sextet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane NE25 5DW. 8pm. Free.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. £10 & £8. JNE gig.
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Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

CD Review: Carla Bley/Andy Sheppard/Steve Swallow - Trios.

Carla Bley (pno); Andy Sheppard (sop/ten); Steve Swallow (bs).
Deep explorative seams richly veined with ne'er a note out of places. All three are joined at the hip musically. Each one plowing his or her own furrow but always in sympathy with the other. Sheppard has grown in stature over the years enabling him to stand tall alongside Bley and Swallow who are both equally impressive.
No pet shop fires here but musicality of the first order.
The compositions, all by Bley, I'm led to believe, aren't new having been in her repertoire for a number of years. So, in many ways, this is a nostalgic trip but I'm sure they've brought new ideas to the table. The pianist isn't one of those look how many notes I can play but a sensitive, introvert seeking meaning rather than madness. Swallow is not only rhythmical but melodic too contributing bass guitar lines that could have been played on a guitar - maybe he uses a 5 or 6 string bass?
Sheppard plays both tenor and soprano with insight and much emotion plus a cool, ice-like fluidity on The Girl Who Cried Champagne. This is quite an intriguing piece that takes in many moods.
The trio open in Portugal on September 3 and take in Germany, The Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Luxembourg, France, Sweden and London's Wigmore Hall on November 24 as part of the London Jazz Festival.
The CD: Carla Bley/Andy Sheppard/Steve Swallows - Trios is released on September 9 on ECM 372 4551.
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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