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Artie Shaw: “I'm not interested in giving people what they want--I'm interested in making music.” – (DownBeat October 15, 1939).

Jason Marsalis: “There's so many places that this music can go and there's a lot yet to be discovered.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Sunday March 18


Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 12 noon. Free.

Jason Isaacs & the Ambassadors of Swing - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 5:30pm (doors 4:00pm). £16.00.

Revolutionaires - Tyne Bar, Maling St, Newcastle NE6 1LP. 3pm. Free.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).


POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER! Zoë Gilby Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8:00pm. £5.00. Rescheduled August 19.

Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.

Bradley Johnston - The Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 6:00pm. Free. New weekly residency.

Gypsy Dave Smith - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Friday, December 26, 2014

CD Review: Woven Entity

Lascelle Gordon (perc/electronics); Patrick Dawes (perc); Paul May (dms); Peter Marsh (bs) + on several tracks; Ben Cowan (keys/electronics); Julie Kjaer (alt/fl); Alan Wilkinson (alt).
(Review by Lance).
Releases on the Babel Label are rarely straight ahead and this is no exception. Woven Entity are described as a freewheeling expanded rhythm section who cook up a rich, strange brew of psychedelic jazz, electronic explorations, ethnological and unstoppable ritual grooves - I guessed it was something like that!

In truth, it's unfair for me to pass any form of judgement on this as it's so far beyond my comprehension of what jazz means to me that I should really have passed it on to one of my more visionary colleagues. However, they have a backlog of reviews to catch up on (hint, hint) so it's up to me to bite the bullet!
I'll take the easy way out and draw on the blurb.
C358X: Flurries of exotic percussion and a woozy, sourly cosmic synth skirt round each other, much like Sun Ra crashing an Art Ensemble of Chicago session.
Me=You: Morphs somewhat unexpectedly from a bracing free jazz workout for balafon, bass, drums and bongoes into a deep, insistent groove that might just lure the more adventurous listener to shake a tailfeather or two.
And so it goes on - not for me I'm afraid but, then again, I'm a guy who takes an umbrella with him on a sunny day so perhaps I need to throw caution aside and risk getting drenched - it could, like the music here, prove to be exhilarating - maybe!
Released on Babel BDV 13123 on Dec 15, 2014. Check it out here.

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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.)
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