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Bebop Spoken There

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 Wednesday March 21


Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Rod Sinclair & Tom Fletcher - The Vault, Hallgate, Hexham NE46 1XD. 2:00pm. £7.50.


Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8:00pm. £1.00

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.

Friday, February 06, 2015

EP review: The Graeme Wilson Quartet – Pleasureland

Graeme Wilson (tenor saxophone), Paul Edis (piano & Hammond organ), Andy Champion (double bass) & Adam Sinclair (drums).
(Review by Russell)
Pleasureland is a four-track EP sampler recording by the Graeme Wilson Quartet. The music is composed by Graeme Wilson and his quartet comprises four of the very best musicians working on the jazz scene. Wilson’s CV includes numerous CD recording sessions, commissioned suites and performance experience across the jazz spectrum and beyond.
The curiously titled Toe of Fudge opens the EP with the composer in typical form; the stop/start, switch-back compositional form, Wilson’s tenor work unfailingly logical in conception and execution (pianist Paul Edis is heard in playful mood on the Hammond). The title track – Pleasureland – is the one ballad. All four musicians excel with drummer Adam Sinclair in subtle, yet propulsive form as Wilson’s sinuous tenor takes it out.
Street of Furs is one of those tunes, once heard, for ever in mind. Flowing, inviting the nominated soloist to stretch out. Bassist Andy Champion is never less than immaculate and the closing number – Honolulus – is an excellent example of his unsurpassed facility on his chosen instrument. Hear Honolulus on this EP and you will want to hear Wilson and co in concert.
Pleasureland (GBWQ001) by the Graeme Wilson Quartet is available now. Photography by Cath Keay.
Highly recommended. 


Anonymous said...

Don't think that website is the same Graeme Wilson!

Lance said...

Website link now corrected!

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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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