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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 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.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

CD Review: Devin Gray - RelativE ResonancE

Devin Gray (dms/comp); Chris Speed (ten/clt); Kris Davis (pno); Chris Tordini (bs).
(Review by Lance).
RelativE ResonancE are a group of NYC associates of drummer/leader/composer Gray and, it has to be said, they work well together in their chosen format. Gray's compositions aren't for the faint hearted - multi-dimensional mosaics are how he describes them. 
He goes on to say that [on five of the tracks] "I wrote a totally independent, etude-like part for each of us. That's an unconventional method, but I was eager to see how the music would come out when we played these parts together, honing things so that they were perfectly attuned."
It's an ethereal experiment that asks questions of the listener - questions this reviewer wasn't always able to answer!
Individually, superb musicianship. Speed on tenor and [particularly] on clarinet offered perhaps the most original and accessible approach since Jimmy Giuffre. Gray knows his way around the kit, Davis and Tordini, no mugs either. Collectively, some of the tracks hit the spot more than others - don't all albums turn out that way? and I'll look forward to hearing more RelativE ResonancE
Due out on Skirl Records - June 9.

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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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