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Bebop Spoken There

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 Sunday August 20

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free. Summer Break. Back Sept. 3
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Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.
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Evening
Chris Martin - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Paul Edis Trio - Black Bull, Bridge St. Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8pm. £5.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, May 11, 2012

L’Entente Chordiale @ The Lit & Phil. 10 May

Q: Julien Desprez (guitar), Fanny Lasfargues (bass) & Sylvain Darrifourcq (drums)
Yann Joussein (percussion & electronics)
ACV: Andy Champion (bass), Graeme Wilson (saxophones), Mark Williams (guitar), Paul Edis (piano) & Adrian Tilbrook (drums).
(Review by Russell)
Day two of Jazz North East’s Anglo French festival began in the best possible manner with a set from Andy Champion’s star-studded powerhouse quintet ACV. The second album is in the can and as is the way with these things will be released some time soon. 
The material in this set at the Lit & Phil was a mixture of the familiar and the not so familiar. Giant Mice, What’s For Breakfast? and Dust Red have become audience favourites, there was a new number from reedsman Graeme Wilson and a reflective composition from bandleader Champion – Second Season - sounded good on first hearing. Wilson and guitarist Mark Williams reeled off solos with ease, so too pianist Paul Edis. Champion and drummer Adrian Tilbrook drove the band with no little enthusiasm and all brought something to the party on the outrageous Without Bones.

French percussionist Yann Joussein impressed on the first day of the festival with Tweedle-Dee and he stayed over to play a short solo set. Brushes, mallets, sticks and big bass bin dub loops combined to produce a well conceived sound. 
Joussein’s compatriots Julien Desprez (guitar), Fanny Lasfargues (bass) and drummer Sylvain Darrifourcq work together as Q. Desprez comes from a left field perspective; feedback, pedals, sustain. Bassist Lasfargues plays it slung low, booming trance-punk lines and drummer Darrifourcq is one of the most sensational musicians heard in the long history of Jazz North East. He has the drive of Blakey or Tommy Chase but isn’t an exponent of a neo-bop sound. The European free jazz scene is where this amiable Frenchman is coming from. Massive technique, a listening, responsive participant of the trio and wow, when he goes into overdrive you certainly know about it. Memorable.
Russell.

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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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