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Bebop Spoken There

Eubie Blake: “He [Willie The Lion Smith] played some tricky rhythms, if he'd seen them written down, he'd have said "Oh I couldn't play that", but he played them!” – (DownBeat May 24, 1973).

Mel Lewis: “They [kids] think the word "technique" means speed. The word "technique" just means the way you do something, that's all.” – (DownBeat July 19. 1973).

Today Tuesday April 24

Afternoon

Classic Swing - The Ship, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.

Evening

Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.

Gerry Richardson Trio - The Fox, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB. Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (collection). Richardson; Garry Linsley (alto sax) & Adam Sinclair (drums).

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

Monday, November 30, 2015

CD Review: Thomas Maintz/Aaron Parks - Duets in June

Thomas Maintz (guitar/soundbox); Aaron Parks (piano/melodica).
(Review by Lance).
A duo disc drifts in from Denmark. Deliberative, delving, neither duelling nor dynamic and yet, delightfully delicious. To quote Cole Porter - D'lovely!
Not that Porter or any other songwriters are represented here. All ten compositions are by Maintz with Parks sharing the honours on one of them.
The two musicians work well together, their lines entwining like a pair of glow worms in heat, their solos angular and logical.
No virtuoso displays, just meaningful improvisations that the notes claim "Challenges and explores the duo format" and I think they do this successfully without turning away the more conventional listener. 
In Six String Levitation, Maiintz plays an acoustic baritone guitar whilst Parks plays piano and Melodica simultaneously.
Crystals features a loop of sound effects played on a home made soundbox that, frankly, I can live without.
However, overall, it's an album that will send you to sleep without risk of a nightmare and may even induce pleasant dreams - track 3 (Nude in Red Armchair).
The booklet consists of comic sketches by graphic designer Cecilie Q.
Lance.

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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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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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