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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 Fiday 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.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

CD Review: Kristian Borring Quartet - Nausicaa.


Kristian Borring (gtr); Arthur Lea (pno/Rhodes); Spencer Brown (bs); Jon Scott (dms);Will Vinson (alt - on 3 tracks).
This is a little gem that repeated listening only serves to make it grow on me more.
Contemporary Bebop, based on the legend of the beautiful princess Nausicaa who, it would seem, helped Odysseus on his journey in Homer's Odyssey. Well, when a beautiful princess is so helpful she deserves to be remembered musically and Danish guitarist Borring does just that. Listening to Invisible Lady, Nausicaa's beauty is conveyed by Borring's soulful portrait. Lithe and radiant is how it has been described and it certainly is. Superbly supported by Arthur Lea's sensitive piano-work the disc is a delight to be heard. On three tracks, New York based London altoist Will Vinson augments the quartet and his post-bop sound and phrasing is a welcome edition - he swings in the manner of Pepper. Criss, Morgan.
The band do a mini tour in November starting at Dempsey's in Cardiff (Nov 2) where you can get in for a fiver! Four quid if you're of a certain age! Matt and Phred's Jazz Club in Manchester (Nov 3); Spice of Life, London (Nov11) then the actual CD launch on Nov 16 as part of the London Jazz Festival at the Green Man, Camden.
Highly recommended for lovers of jazz that's contemporary and accessible.
Lance.
PS: Bass and drums were PDG too!

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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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