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Bebop Spoken There

Jackie McLean: “I can't understand British audiences. In Britain there doesn't seem to be any curiosity." (Melody Maker, April 1, 1961).

Charles Mingus: "It seems to me that if our records were not issued in Britain, the British cats would have to think for themselves" (Jazz News, July 26th 1961)

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Today Wednesday July 26

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Jo Harrop & Joel Byrne McCullough - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge. 7:30pm. 0191 2399924
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Monday, April 17, 2017

RIP Allan Holdsworth.


(Obituary by Steve T)
Legendary guitarist Allan Holdsworth died on Sunday April 16 aged 70. Born in Bradford he was a formidable force in progressive rock and Jazz-Rock through the seventies, featuring in a range of bands, sometimes simultaneously, including Nucleus, Tempest, Soft Machine, Tony Williams Lifetime and Gong, before joining Bill Bruford, John Whetton (who died a few weeks ago) and Eddie Jobson in the prog rock super-group UK, and was subsequently invited by Bill Bruford, who considered him one of the world’s great innovators, to join his new band Bruford.
Allan Holdsworth had a sporadic but acclaimed solo career from 1979.He briefly played with Level 42 at the beginning of the nineties - chart fodder by then with a signature slap bass. The contrast between his meticulous precision playing and Mark King’s juggernaut bass must have been something to behold. He also recorded a much sought after album with first choice bass player Tony Levin and ex Zappa/Magic Band drummer Terry Bozzio.
A forthcoming box set of his solo albums, scheduled for release on Friday, is called The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever. A genuine guitarist’s guitarist, he was unanimously revered by his peers and often considered the greatest ever by those who heard him live, he has now taken his place at the very top table in Guitar Heaven. 
Steve T.
Obituary.
(Lance; For those unable to access my comment link - try it here (or ask your grandkids).

4 comments :

  1. He also played at the "Mecca" (Locarno) in Sunderland for about 3 years in a covers band with my brother in law.

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    1. What was your brother-in-law's name please Robert? I also played in that band.

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  2. I can't believe I did this in 2008! No offence to Rod and Jim but maybe I made the wrong call on this one! http://lance-bebopspokenhere.blogspot.co.uk/2008/09/gerry-richardson-trio-jim-birkettrod.html

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  3. He was only amazing !

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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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