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Bebop Spoken There

Orrin Evans: “I’d like to see a younger audience and an audience that looks more like me at the clubs.” – (Down Beat November 2014).

Kevin Flanagan: "Besides, I'd got sick of playing jazz to people who looked like my father." - (Straight No Chaser Issue 0ne Summer 1988.)

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Today Wednesday August 16

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Tynemouth Metro Station, Station Tce., Tynemouth NE30 4RE. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
New Orleans Jazz at the Village Hall - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.
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Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).
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Tees Hot Club - Cleveland Bay, 718 Yarm Rd., Eaglescliffe TS16 0JE. 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.

Saturday, September 07, 2013

CD Review: Ollie Howell - Sutures and Stitches.

Ollie Howell (dms); Duncan Eagles (ten); Mark Perry (tpt); Matt Robinson (pno); Max Luthert (bs).
(Review by Lance)
Recorded in London, mixed in New York, this is an absolute gem of an album. Contemporary Blue Note exactly where I want my modern jazz to be!
Howell's drumming lives up to Quincy Jones remark - "An unbelievable drummer. So creative I couldn't believe it. This kid really is a 360 degree beautiful young cat that I believe has what it takes to make a life out of music."
Jimmy Cobb said, "He's loaded with talent!"
The masters have spoken and I'm not going to disagree!
What they haven't commented on is the band he's leading. Believe you me they too deserve the above accolades. Eagles is a fine blustery tenor player who could/should have been a Jazz Messenger. As it is, Eagles' work with his trio Partikel has brought him to the attention of the aficionados - this disc should draw further attention to a player who can make a happy marriage out of lyricism and aggression.
Mark Perry - plaintive, pleading, a soul crying out to be heard just as Chet and Miles often were, can also howl (Howell?) like a bebop banshee. Blakey would have snapped him up too!
Luthert is also a member of Partikel so the rapport between Eagles and himself is no surprise.
On piano Matt Robinson, a recent graduate of RAM, is rapidly making his presence felt on the UK scene.
With the exception of Dear Old Stockholm - that traditional Swedish folk song so beloved of the '50s Swedes (and Stan Getz) - Howell wrote all the compositions on this dynamic CD. 
That Howell wrote this music whilst undergoing an incredible journey of diagnosis, neuro surgeries and recoveries, which may have suggested the title of the album, is not only incredible in itself  but perhaps makes a case for the power of music over infirmity.
Ollie Howell - Sutures and Stitches is available on Whirlwind WR4636 from Sept. 23. the CD launch is at King's Place, London  on October 10. 
An extensive tour includes a Splinter gig at The Bridge Hotel, Newcastle on Sunday November 24.
Put it in your diary - it's already in mine!
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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