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Danny Gatton: "I was tired of playing in beer joints. I wanted to do something tangible like building cars. But once you do music it gets into your blood. You can get away from it for awhile but sooner or later it comes back to you." - (Down Beat April 1991).

Tal Farlow: "There were times when I would stop [playing guitar] and do sign painting." - (Downbeat December 5, 1963)

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Today Wednesday August 23

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
New Orleans Jazz at the Village Hall - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.
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Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).
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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

CD Review: Phil Robson - The Immeasurable Code.

Phil Robson (gtr); Mark Turner (ten/sop); Gareth Lochrane (flutes/picc);  Michael Janisch (bs); Ernesto Simpson (dms).
Recorded live during their inaugural tour in January this year, Phil Robson - The Immeasurable Code is a vibrant, outstanding, record of that tour. So the press release says and, although I didn't catch them on the tour, listening to the CD it is hard to disagree.
Five musicians at the top of their game playing interesting originals by the leader is a recipe to suit all but the most jaded palate. The one non-original is Happy Talk from South Pacific. It works - I guess great musicians have the ability to produce the goods from anything, even this most unlikely jazz vehicle!
As a guitarist Phil Robson can hold his head high in any company - Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, Sir John D and Cleo, just a few of those he has worked with. Add his composing ability and it is no surprise he was awarded the 2009 Parliamentary Jazz Award as Best Jazz Musician of the Year..
Mark Turner - he cites Warne Marsh and John Coltrane as influences and, in places, it shows. The NY based saxist leans towards the former on tenor and the latter on soprano but only slightly - he is very much his own man.
Sharing the front-line, Gareth Lochrane more than holds his own with some sparkling flute work going through the whole range from bass to piccolo via alto and concert flute.
Michael Janisch - he pops up everywhere - I'm pleased to say!
Cuban drummer Ernesto Simpson is a new name to me but he has form - Herbie Hancock, Dizzy, George Benson and others. He does the business.
This is the music of today - it swings, it explores, it looks over the edge, but comes back unscathed.
Sample.
Lance.
Phil Robson - The Immeasurable Code. Whirlwind WR4620. Release date Nov. 7 2011. 
Launch Nov 15, 2011 London Jazz Festival, Purcell Room, South Bank.

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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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