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Bebop Spoken There

Artie Shaw: “I'm not interested in giving people what they want--I'm interested in making music.” – (DownBeat October 15, 1939).

Jason Marsalis: “There's so many places that this music can go and there's a lot yet to be discovered.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Wednesday March 21


Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Rod Sinclair & Tom Fletcher - The Vault, Hallgate, Hexham NE46 1XD. 2:00pm. £7.50.


Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8:00pm. £1.00

The Village Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm £3.00.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson Street, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Roll Over Socrates; Tell Plato The News. Vasilis Xenopoulos and Ruth Lambert With Paul Edis Trio. Blaydon Jazz Club.

The most eagerly awaited gig of the year didn't let us down. Vasy (Greek tenor saxist Vasilis Xenopoulos) was on top of his game blowing some booting tenor very much in the Dexter Gordon mould complete with reworked quotes. The quotes are one of the facets of his playing that fascinate me; he turns them inside out and upside down making them sound completely fresh and unhackneyed.
This was very much down to earth 40s/50s swing even if he did use Octivider type pedals on occasion creating a two sax sound. Electronic sorcery such as this I can live with.
The set opened with a boppy Tadd Dameron's "Our Delight", that was relatively restrained compared to some of the numbers that followed. A stomping "Almost Like Being In Love" and Neal Hefti's "Splanky" built up the tension that culminated in a wild "Cherokee". In between we had a ravishing version of "Don't Explain".
On piano, Paul Edis matched Vasy for swing and invention as did Adam Sinclair, drums, and Mick Shoulder bass.
If this wasn't enough excitement for one night, Ruth Lambert stood in for the previously advertised Jo Harrup and excelled on "No Moon At All" and "Secret Love" with more good solos all round. Vasy's blast on the latter was comparable with Teddy Edwards recording of the same tune.
I could go on all night extolling the virtues of all five performers but I guess you've got the picture by now.
Roly will be sad to have missed it but, in his absence, Cathy handled the MC duties with charm and eloquence.

1 comment :

russell said...

Hi Lance

Your review of last night's gig at Blaydon is spot-on.The one thing I would add is that I do hope that at least some of the Blaydon regulars make the effort to hear Alan Glen at the Chillingham on Wednesday night or down at the Side Cafe in a week or two.


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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.)
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