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Danny Gatton: "I was tired of playing in beer joints. I wanted to do something tangible like building cars. But once you do music it gets into your blood. You can get away from it for awhile but sooner or later it comes back to you." - (Down Beat April 1991).

Tal Farlow: "There were times when I would stop [playing guitar] and do sign painting." - (Downbeat December 5, 1963)

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Today Wednesday August 23

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
New Orleans Jazz at the Village Hall - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.
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Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

CD Review: Keith Jarrett – Original Album Series (5 CD set)

Keith Jarrett (piano, voice and multiple instruments); Charlie Haden (bass); Paul Motian (Drums)
(Review by Hugh).
A release from Rhino/Warner Music Group comprising 5 CDs representing the first five recordings Keith Jarrett made for Atlantic (and its subsidiary Vortex) as a leader.  Jarrett, pianist in Charles Lloyd's quartet from 1966 to 1970, also played in Miles Davis' band of the early ‘70s.
Sleeves bearing the artwork of the original LPs are contained in a slim box with each CD (as would be expected) lasting in the region of forty minutes (no need to turn them over though!).
The albums are as follows:
Life Between the Exit Signs (1967)
Restoration Ruin (1968)
Somewhere Before (1968)
The Mourning of a Star (1971)
El Juicio (The Judgement) (1975)
Four of the albums feature Jarrett (mainly on piano, but also with a variety of other instruments) with long time collaborators Charlie Haden (bass) and Paul Motian (drums).  The exception is Restoration Ruin, which features Keith Jarrett on multiple instruments (including harmonica, recorder, soprano sax, guitar, bass guitar, bongos, drums, tambourine, piano, organ and sistra) together with a string quartet.  He also sings, with a somewhat “Dylanesque” quality in places.
Somewhere Before was recorded live at Shelly's Manne-Hole in Hollywood and marks Jarrett's first West Coast recording.  The other LPs were laid down in the studio.
The delivery is vintage (by definition really) Jarrett ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous and through to the frankly raucous.  Each CD has between seven and eleven tracks, some of them quite short and lasting only just over a minute.
When Lance offered me this set to review it was in the knowledge that I do like Keith Jarrett.  He did however assure me that he was not expecting an in depth analysis of each individual track (45 in all)!  I have listened through to each CD and (appropriately) am listening to El Juicio (The Judgement) as I type.  I must admit I find the trio's more melodic tracks the most listenable.  Some of the freer, improvisational, material has me twitching to use the fast forward facility on the remote, but will no doubt delight others.
This set will be an essential buy for the real Jarrett devotee, who may have all the original vinyl albums anyway, and is a snip at just £12.99 through a well-known on-line supplier.  Whether it will appeal to the more general jazz enthusiast remains to be seen.

Hugh.

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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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