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Peter Vacher: “The Hopbine [public house] is a Tesco Express now, having been reinvented successively as Desi Dons, Bootsy Brogans, the Dog and Duck and, before that, the Chequered Flag.” – (Jazzwise October 2017)

Kyle Eastwood: “Naturally I listened to pop music when I was a kid – I’d spend two hours a day hearing it on the school bus! – but the very first music I heard in the house and the first concerts I went to were jazz.” – (Jazzwise October 2017)

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Today Tuesday October 24

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Black Bull, 98 Front St., East Boldon NE36 0SG. 1pm. Free. 0191 5365127. 6th of 6 consecutive gigs. 2 mins from East Boldon metro.
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Evening
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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Friday, July 03, 2015

CD Review: The Weave - Knowledge Porridge.

(Review by Lance).
A gem! You've probably never heard anything quite like this! Unless, that is, you're familiar with Liverpool's Georgian Quarter - a revamped area of the city with lots of real alers and a few music venues, The Grapes and The Caledonia being a couple where The Weave are not unknown.
This is an almost compelling genre mix drawing on such disparate influences as Clark Terry, Bob Brookmeyer and Louis Armstrong as well as English pop notably the Canterbury scene of the '60s and '70s.
Now, having led a sheltered life, I was totally unaware that Canterbury had a scene. Googling brought Soft Machine to my attention and I began to get the feel of the music and it is captivating. Modern but with history woven into The Weave.
The Pogo a hypnotic kind of Latin/Rock rhythm beneath the duelling horns - such contrasting styles! Trumpet Ear inspired by an evening spent listening to a friend has a bluesy feel (surprise?) with the trumpet choruses split by some down home piano from Baranec rounded off by Ormesher's guitar chorus. I'm in Your House a qurky riff with some good vibes from Norheim and more guitar.  
Our Day on the Mountain  written by Smith whilst walking in Snowdonia is all about going through hell and highwater in a relationship and coming out in one piece. Judging by Smith's trumpet solo, he not only came out in one piece but a better man for it! Harrison does some good work too. Luciana Mercer contributed Evolve and Expand. A winsome voice with a folksy tiimbre that ties your heartstrings in knots! Para Parrot, a composition by, and featuring, "Harry" also has earthy piano from Stringer and some plaintive wailing from Peers. Our Fathers celebrates the importance of the paternal line. With Peers once again to the fore this time tightly muted with reflective, probing piano from Stringer.
Not on Your Nelly starts off with a traditional Irish lilt to it that continues below whilst on deck the horns are anything but traditional yet still maintaining the feel. Knowledge Porridge is a spoken word piece written and narrated, almost bombastically, by Peers whilst Princess Salami Socks features a cello duet.
An album to play over and over again to catch the subtle nuances that don't always jump out and hit you first time round.
The Weave - Knowledge Porridge is due to be released on Monday July 6 with a launch gig at the good old Spice of Life in Soho on Thursday July 9.
Lance.
Martin Smith, Anthony Peers (tpt); Anthony Ormesher (gtr); Hugo "Harry" Harrison (bs); Tilo Pirnbaum (dms) + Rob Stringer (pno on 6 tracks); Andrzej Baranec (pno on 4 tracks); Vidar Norheim (vbs on 6 tracks); Stuart Hardcastle (perc on 4 tracks); Luciana Mercer (vcl, acc gtr on 1 track); Michael Head (12 string on 1 track); Georgina and Jonathon Aasgaard (celli).

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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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