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Bebop Spoken There

Howlin' Wolf: “He [Charlie Patton] was a nice guy, but he just loved the bottle--like all the rest of the musicians. He was a great drinker.” – (DownBeat December 16, 1967).

Frank Zappa: “Those kids [US students] wouldn't know music if it came up and bit 'em on the ass.” – (DownBeat October 3, 1969).

Today Wednesday April 25

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8:00pm. £1.00. (Upstairs).

Jam Session - Dun Cow, Brandling Village, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4RS. 8:00pm. Free.

The Village Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm £3.00.

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

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

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

CD Review: Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita - Clychau Dibon

Catrin Finch (harp); Seckou Keita (kora).
(Review by Lance)
A Welsh harpist and a West African kora player may seem an unlikely combination to appear on a jazz blog but, as readers know, we sometimes stray from the parameters of the mainstream if the the journey is worthwhile. Well I may not journey to Mali or even Wales to hear this but it's certainly well worth a trip to the CD player or even to Kendal Brewery Arts Centre on November 13 which is the penultimate date on their forthcoming tour.
In truth there are much of the qualities associated with jazz on this CD. Improvisatory passages and an affinity between the players that sometimes has them playing together almost as one as well as complementing lines that enhance the other's statements.
At times it could almost be a Bach fugue or even a piece of Flamenco. There's also moments with a tender, pastoral feel to it - the Southern Sahara meets the Wye Valley.
For the uninitiated, the kora is a 21 string bridge harp with a cowskin resonator that can be plucked or bowed. In appearance it looks like a banjo with a lute base designed by an alien from one of the lesser planets.
However, the sounds produced by Keita are quite beautiful and most unbanjo - or even lute-like. In effect this is almost like a double tracked harp recording and I can't always tell who is playing what! It doesn't matter, both Finch and Keita are grandmasters of their chosen instrument and the end result is quite charming.
The CD Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita - Clychau Dibon is available circa October 13 from MWLDAN.
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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