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Bebop Spoken There

Les Paul: "Okay so you make great sounds. The people you're playing for, they work all day, they don't go to music schools and study harmony. They pay their dough, they come in, they listen. If they don't understand what you're doing, they walk out. What are you supposed to do, tie 'em with a rope whilst you explain you're playing great music?" - (Down Beat June 15, 1951).

Jack Perciful: "Unless you're playing somewhere like Carnegie Hall, in the States, the piano is the last thing they buy. When they've got ten dollars left over they go buy a piano." - (Crescendo October 1971.)

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Sunday May 28

Afternoon.
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
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Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Northumberland Park, Tynemouth Rd., Tynemouth NE30 2HA. 3pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Evening
Cancelled! Young Musicians Jam Session - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm. Cancelled!
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Billy Bootleggers All Star House Band w. Teresa Watson - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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To the best 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.
Lance.
PS: I contacted Colin Hodgkinson who has agreed to identify the vocals after he's heard the record again.

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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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