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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.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

CD Review: Matt Newton Trio - Within Reach

Matt Newton (pno/Rhodes/whistles); Dan Fortin (bs); Ethan Ardelli (dms) + (on one track only) Felicity Williams (voice); Harley Card (gtr).
(Review by Lance)
An Ontario based contemporary piano trio that pushes a few borders without crossing them completely - just enough to let the listener know we're in Century 21. Within Reach is an apt description and the opening title track reveals Newton to be an able pianist with an inventive turn of phrase. This inventiveness applies equally to the eight compositions of which he wrote seven, bassist Fortin supplied the penultimate piece which, surprisingly, is named Ends.
Fortin and Ardelli, described as two of Canada's most sought after musicians, add their own lines making this an equilateral trio rather than the master and two slaves set up of many of the trios of yesteryear.
Our Own World sees the trio become a quintet with Felicity Williams' wordless vocal and Harley Card's sublime guitar sounds adding a further dimension. Newton's switch to Fender Rhodes provides more tonal variation.
It's an interesting album - not too far out for the traditionalists but far enough from the mainstream to attract the contemporary listener.
Think EST or early Meldhau and you'll get the idea as to where they're at.
The CD: Matt Newton Trio - Within Reach was released in Canada earlier this year supported by the Ontario Arts Council.
For further details click here.
Lance.
WHOOPS! I've already reviewed this last month (Feb. 27)!

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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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