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Bebop Spoken There

Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Wednesday April 26

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.
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Monday, March 03, 2014

Johnny Hunter Quartet @ Bridge Hotel, Newcastle.

Graham South (tpt); Ben Watte (ten); Stewart Wilson (bs); Johnny Hunter (dms).
(Review by Lance/photo by Ken Drew).
Last week the upper room was full, this week it wasn't. Don't ask me why, both bands, Let Spin and the Johnny Hunter Quartet are from the same stable, or rather label (Efpi). Perhaps Newcastle folk decided they'd given enough support to Manchester at Wembley and, not surprisingly, the transpontine fans had had enough of Manchester for one day!
Whatever, those who stayed at home missed out on a good session. Having reviewed the quartet's EP, Appropriations, earlier this week I knew what to expect and I wasn't disappointed.  A pianoless quartet with a foot in the past and an eye to the future, this was very much a young band for today.
Compositions that merged hard bop influenced themes with contemporary, explorative, solos atop a pulsating jazz rock rhythm and strong harmonic bass-lines made this a band to appeal to a wide variety of tastebuds.
At times the overall sound is of the Jazz Messengers sans piano and there is a Mobley-like quality about Watte's tenor sound. South is an adventurous player who I suspect lingers more towards the outside of the jazz perimeter whilst Hunter, last heard at Hoochie with ska/reggae band Skamel drives the horns with the power and panache of a modern day Blakey.  On bass, Wilson is well featured allowing him to display a formidable technique as well as a strong harmonic and melodic foundation.
A band for all seasons.
Photos to follow.
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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