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Mundell Lowe: “...we also had to play for a floor show, which consisted of girls dancing--some of 'em were dressed, some of 'em were not so dressed.” – (Crescendo September 1974).

Brew Moore: "I played so many strip joints I was 21 before I saw a naked woman from the front." - (Downbeat July 24, 1969).

Number 24

Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 24 (-2) in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Today June 23

Evening
Paul Skerritt Band - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. £7 (£6 in advance).
Box Wallet - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
SouLutions - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. 9pm. £7.
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Hot Club du Nord - Queens Hall, Hexham - SOLD OUT!
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Horace Silverman & the White Gardenias - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. 7:30pm. £7.50.
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Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Paul Edis Trio @ The Black Bull, Blaydon. August 17

Paul Edis (piano), Mick Shoulder (double bass) & Adam Sinclair (drums)
(Review by Russell).
On leaving the Black Bull at the end of the evening one astute listener said: Paul was inspired tonight!  Pianist Paul Edis is at the top of his game and one wonders what the future holds. The intimate jazz club setting will continue to offer Edis opportunities to play but what of the bigger stage (the concert hall platform)? Piano trios are big news, they’re everywhere – Sage Gateshead, the London halls, the Big Apple, splashed over double page spreads in the jazz press. If there was any justice Edis would be landing at JFK ahead of a headline appearance at the Village Vanguard!
Back to reality…a windswept crowd arrived at the Black Bull (a couple travelled from Cumbria) to support Roly Veitch’s efforts to present ‘the very best of jazz’ (as Humph would have said). Edis, double bassist Mick Shoulder and to quote Simon Spillett, ‘the sartorially elegant’ Adam Sinclair (drums) ran through a few things as the regulars took their seats, exchanged greetings and ordered pints of Black Sheep, Deuchars IPA, lime and lemon and the new breed of musicians’ favourite tipple – pints of water.
What Is This Thing Called Love? embraced all the required components – low-level volume, the telepathic interplay of the working unit, invention, solos, fours as they should be. Piano players of note were in the pad – Michel Legrand (You Must Believe in Spring), a Duke and a Monk, Tadd Dameron, George Shearing and Edis. Bags’ Groove showcased Mick Shoulder’s immaculate, subtle soloing. Stompin’ at the Savoy, taken as a samba, heard the master of the brushes Adam Sinclair playing with open hand. Did the Savoy ever hear it as samba? One up to Blaydon Jazz Club!
Edis’ intro to Satin Doll teased; the melody in there, drawn out, then the solo! Book that flight to NYC! Bill Evans featured twice – Very Early and Funkallero. Dave Brubeck’s Unsquare Dance (with the handclap) rollicked along in a Brubeckian way, From Nothing to Nowhere (a tune salvaged from the drawer in Edis’ study desk – the one marked ‘work in progress’) heard the composer, head bowed, deep in concentration. I’m Old Fashioned was anything but, similarly the timeless Rhythmining and to close the evening, Benny Golson’s Whisper Not. The Paul Edis Trio can be heard regularly at the Jazz Café in the heart of Newcastle. Check Bebop Spoken Here regularly for news of the next one.
Blaydon Jazz Club’s September concert – Sunday 21 September – is a big one. Roly Veitch and others have kept the show on the road for thirty years and to celebrate Veitch (guitar and vocals) teams up once again with pianist Jeremy McMurray. Their quartet (Neil Harland, double bass and drummer David Francis) will work with two long-time friends – the Teesside Delta-based Mark Toomey (alto) and Noel Dennis (trumpet and flugelhorn). A full house would be just fine.           
Russell.                                      

1 comment :

  1. Great review Russell. I totally agree - very high class stuff indeed.
    Roly

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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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