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

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Claude Werner Quartet - Splinter @ The Bridge

Claude Werner (ten), Mark Williams (gtr), Laurence Blackadder (bs), David Carnegie (dms). This is what it's all about! Quite a night – arguably the best yet music-wise and indisputably the best yet crowd-wise in the Sunday night Splinter @ The Bridge Sessions. So crowded was it that some tables had to be removed to allow more chairs to be placed. In fairness it must be said that the audience was augmented by a contingent of maybe 20 from the Västra Götalands Ungdomssymfoniker – a Swedish youth orchestra who, earlier, had given a concert at The Sage – nevertheless, it all added to the ambiance and the Scandanavians certainly enjoyed it going by their response and the ensuing CD sales. The Swedish contingent made it a truly international affair as, on stage, we had a Chilean saxophonist, an Irish guitarist, a Barbadian drummer and a Cumbrian bass player. Roll over Esperanto – Music is the universal language. In a band of such quality it is impossible to single out one supreme moment – there were just too many. However, when Laurence played his soulful bass introduction to Daydreaming the whole room knew they were in for something special. Laurence has a sound on bass that is all his own. It's pizzicato with a legato feel to it if that makes sense. On guitar, Mark, who I suspect is one of identical triplets so many gigs does he enhance, once again showed why he is in such demand whilst David displayed yet another side to his fine technique – humour - in a burst of exchanges with Claude that brought roars of approval. This really was phenomenal as they came in swinging, trading phrase, counterphrase and paraphrase - two fighters slinging punches and going for it in the last round of a title bout. Claude encompasses the whole gamut of modern tenor playing from early Coltrane to 'Sheets of Sound Trane' with a bit of Rollins thrown in to the mix - not to mention his own highly individual approach. He also dabbled sparingly with an effects board which produced some interesting delays and reverbs and other electronic alchemy. The keyword here is 'sparingly'. All of the pieces were originals by Claude and many are on his CD Thoughts and Recollections which I'm pleased to say appeared to be selling well tonight.
Another superb evening at the Bridge Hotel. In March it's: 7th. ACV, 14th. Alter Ego, 21st. Safe Sextet and 28th. Splinter roll on...
Photos of this and previous gigs. Lance.

1 comment :

  1. Yes, it was an excellent night - judging by the photos I was sitting almost right behind you. Really fine playing from everyone - I don't believe that you could have heard better anywhere else in the world.

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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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