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Bebop Spoken There

Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Steve Voce: “Most of us have been crashed into by cretins who walk along the road absorbed in the screens of their mobile phones.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Today Wednesday May 24

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £5.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Steve Swallow Quintet Victoria Hall , Geneva. July 22

Steve Swallow (bass guitar); Carla Bley (Organ); Chris Cheek (Ten); Steve Cardenas (El.Gtr); Jorge Rossy (Dms)
(Review by Ron Ainsborough)
Another sell out in Geneva!
This concert took place in a typically continental beautifully  ornate Hall, worth being there for the architecture and interior design alone as well as for the wonderful music.
Your comments, Lance, in the Carla Bley CD review were all reflected in this brilliant concert. Obviously well rehearsed without one note out of place, and yes, Carla Bley is a very economic keyboard player, but perfect in her promoting and prodding of the melody with the rest of the quintet.
Can't give the names of all the Steve Swallow compositions but one I do remember was I would rather bite my grandmother which Steve Swallow explained was the reply Sousa (of marches fame) gave when asked what he thought about this new music called Jazz. Wonderful!!!
All the musicians were great but I think Chris Cheek needs a special mention for some great tenor improvisations.
Again I enjoyed every minute of this concert, but their again I don't take much pleasing as long as H R and melody are there. Seriously though this music was brilliant and the wonderful bass sounds of Steve Swallow are worth listening to if you can catch one of his concerts near you.
Sorry Lance for these belated reviews but I have not been back for long.
Ron.

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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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