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Frank Zappa: "There was so much acid during the '60s that it was very easy for large numbers of people to think they had seen God as soon as the Beatles went boom, boom, boom, you know?." - (DownBeat May 18, 1978). – (DownBeat May 18, 1978).

Ryan Keberle: “Don't be easy on yourself when it comes to playing with perfect intonation. All other instruments will be playing with close-to-perfect intonation; the same should be expected of trombonists.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Saturday March 24


Dave Donohoe Band - St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington DL3 7TG. 12:30pm.

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


Ladies of Midnight Blue - Live Theatre, Broad Chare, Newcastle NE1 3DQ. Tel: 0191 232 1232. 8:00pm. £12.00. (advance). Hannabiell, Yilis & co. Jumpin’ Hot Club gig.

Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra -Scarth Memorial Hall, Staindrop, Co Durham DL2 3JL. Tel: 01388 660786. 8:00pm. £9.00., £5.00. child.

Tyne Valley Big Band - TORCH Centre, Corbridge Road, Hexham NE46 1QS. 7:30pm.

Billy Bootleggers All Star Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Thursday, August 22, 2013

LP Review: Back Door - BBC 'In Concert'

Ron Aspery (horns & keys); Colin Hodgkinson (bs gtr & vcl); Tony Hicks (dms) + Alexis Korner gtr/vcl/compere)
Who can forget the impact Back Door made on the jazz scene back in the early '70s. Not only that, they were from the north-east (Teesside/North Yorks). Just as the Emcee 5 had impacted 10 or so years earlier so did Back Door.
However, the two bands were miles apart stylistically. Emcee 5 were a smooth, polished Jazz Messengers influenced band whereas Back Door exuded raw, uncontained emotion. This was blues mixed with jazz and rock - one of the first fusion bands. Aspery played some way out alto moving into Roland Kirk territory at times. Screeching, screaming but always with meaning. Hodgkinson's bass entwined with Aspery's lines at times sounding almost as one.
This live BBC recording has Alexis Korner guesting so, needless to say, there's a whole lotta blues with Korner's guitar as earthy as anything from the deep south - either side of the Atlantic. Both Hodgkinson and Korner are listed as doing vocals but, to me, it sounds as one person which I guess is Korner although he sounds different to the Korner I remember- maybe it's Hodgkinson. I need help on this one!
Whatever, it's one important piece of vinyl and produced at the standard we've come to expect from Gearbox Records.
PS: I contacted Colin Hodgkinson who has agreed to identify the vocals after he's heard the record again.


Mal Maddocks (on F/b) said...

Tony Hicks ... What a drummer!

Owen said...

It's Hogkinson on vocals.

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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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