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Bebop Spoken There

Hugh Masekela: “I advise every kid to check out their past because without a past you are in limbo.” (Songlines December 2017)

Leo Richardson: “I think your image is really important. You look at those old Blue Note recordings and you look at the liner note, the booklet and they’re in the studio and they’re wearing shirt and ties. They used to wear suits all the time.” – (Jazzwise December 2017/January 2018)

Submissions for review

Whilst we appreciate the many emails, texts, messages and other communications we receive requesting album/gig reviews on BSH, regrettably, we are unable to reply to them all other than those we are able to answer with a positive response.
Similarly, CDs received by post will only be considered if accompanied by sufficient background material.
Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance

Today Saturday December 16

Afternoon

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Evening

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band -Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regent Farm Road, Gosforth NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 7:30pm. Second night of two.

An Evening of Swing & Sparkle - National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL. 7:00pm. Tel: 0191 515 5555 (booking essential). £35.00. Rat Pack act, four course meal.

No Time for Jive - The Tannery, Gilesgate, Hexham NE46 3QD. Tel: 01434 605537. 9:00pm. Free.

Lyndon Anderson Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Snow Ball - St Mary’s Heritage Centre, Oakwellgate, Gateshead NE8 2AU. Tel: 0191 433 4699. 7:00pm. £19.00. Strictly Speakeasy (swing band) & Lindy jazz dance.

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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