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Bebop Spoken There

Howlin' Wolf: “He [Charlie Patton] was a nice guy, but he just loved the bottle--like all the rest of the musicians. He was a great drinker.” – (DownBeat December 16, 1967).

Frank Zappa: “Those kids [US students] wouldn't know music if it came up and bit 'em on the ass.” – (DownBeat October 3, 1969).

Today Friday April 27

Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Roly Veitch with Paul Edis Trio - St Cuthbert’s Centre, Church Hill, Crook DL15 3DN. Tel: 01388 762724. 7:30pm. £7.00.

Rendezvous Jazz - Riverdale Hall Country House Hotel, Bellingham NE48 2JT. Tel: 01434 435402. Two day event (Friday and Saturday). Coach to/from Tyneside, most seats booked.

Groove-a-matics - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

Hand to Mouth: Lindsay Hannon & Bradley Johnston - Matfen Hall Hotel, Matfen Village, Northumberland NE20 0RH. Tel: 01661 886500. Time TBC.

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

Monday, December 12, 2016

The Blue Jazz Quartet @ The Globe, December 10

Jeff Smith (ten sax, sop sax); Keith Barrett (guitar); Dave Parker (bass); Michael Howard (drums)
(Review by Ann Alex/Photo courtesy of Minnie Fraser).
The band is normally a quintet/sextet with piano and/or soprano sax but tonight’s rearrangement worked well, with the sax mostly taking the lead followed by solos all round. All performed with the skill and aplomb that we’ve come to expect from this band, especially in the second set, where the audience doubled with the entrance of a group of young men who’d found out about the Globe from Mr Google. I hope they come back soon.
No Moon At All (an intriguing lyric, by the way), followed by Barrett’s guitar lead on West Coast Blues, with simultaneous sparse notes from tenor sax, and a skilled guitar solo.
The Shadow of Your Smile, done as a bossa nova, with Michael making his mark on drums. In fact, some of the best numbers of the set were Latin or bebop inspired tunes, such as Jelly Roll (Mingus), with military drums to begin with, a typical angular tune, rounded off with loud tapping drumsticks and the bass complementing each other. I also liked Footprints, a bass opening, which became repeated riffs with the rest of the band, then a bass solo. I missed the title of the boppy tune in which the drums went somewhat berserk by producing all the sounds possible from the drum kit during exchanges of 4’s. 
The band obliged with Moanin’ as an encore; all did signing off solos, including the drums, with lots of cymbal sounds to help the other solos along. The other tunes played included Watch What Happens; Can’t Help Loving That Man Of Mine; East Of The Sun; Bye Bye Blackbird; Blue Monk; Alice In Wonderland.
Oh, I forgot to mention Skylark which was serenely played with two choruses from the tenor sax, and an excellent guitar solo, which had a calming effect amongst all the bebop numbers. Another great night at the Globe.
Ann Alex

1 comment :

Steve T said...

Looks like I picked the wrong weekend for a hospital visit.

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