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Bebop Spoken There

Eubie Blake: “He [Willie The Lion Smith] played some tricky rhythms, if he'd seen them written down, he'd have said "Oh I couldn't play that", but he played them!” – (DownBeat May 24, 1973).

Mel Lewis: “They [kids] think the word "technique" means speed. The word "technique" just means the way you do something, that's all.” – (DownBeat July 19. 1973).

Today Monday April 23

Afternoon.

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

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

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

CD Review: Francois Bourassa Quartet Idiosyncrasie

Francois Bourassa (piano, voice), André Leroux (tenor & soprano saxophones, bass clarinet, voice), Guy Boisvert (double bass, voice) & Philippe Melanson (drums)
(Review by Russell).
Canadian pianist Francois Bourassa recorded Idiosyncrasie in 2011. The participating  musicians are long time associates, firmly established on the jazz scene in Canada and beyond. The album explores the links between contemporary jazz and twentieth century composers such as Berg, Schoenberg and Webern. Isola, the opening track, suggests off-centre Monk.
The band settles into a groove with André Leroux’s tenor insistent, if not dominant. The album’s sound is one of Satie-like stillness, introspection and space. Haiku-Darmstadt encapsulates these qualities. If there is a conscious use of the Haiku form in Bourassa’s composition then that is one for the musicologists.
There is  determinedly bleak piano playing, resisting the introduction of the other instruments until finally the group sound is heard. Bourassa’s repeated motifs punctuate the recording with layer upon layer of intricate lines and on occasion, perhaps too few, Leroux comes in with some powerful tenor. Philippe Melanson’s inventive drumming is tight throughout and bassist Guy Boisvert succeeds in combining delicacy and authority. Idiosyncrasie is available on Effendi Records. The Francois Bourassa Quartet can be heard in London at the Vortex on Monday 30 September (in a double bill with Stories), then at the Jazz Bar, Edinburgh (6 October), the Lit & Phil, Newcastle (7 October), followed by selected dates in Europe. It should be noted that on this autumn tour Greg Ritchie deps for Philippe Melanson.       
Russell.

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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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