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Gregg Field: "If I play an aggressive fill, he [Sinatra] might look back with a huge grin on his face. But if we don't do something right, we get the ray, and his ray makes Benny Goodman's ray look like Mother Theresa's ''- (Down Beat June 1995).

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Clifford Brown: "Club owners hire stars, but try to save money by putting in a local rhythm section. If these new men are weak musically, they hurt the star's reputation too." - (Down Beat May4, 1955).

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Today Wednesday September 28

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Take it to the Bridge (jazz workshop/jam) - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £1.
Dave Rae’s Levee Ramblers - Springwell Village Hall, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 0191 4162630. 9pm. £2.
Katherine Stone w. the Alan Law Trio - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:15pm. No cover charge.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Graeme Wilson Quartet @ The Central Bar, Gateshead. October 21


Graeme Wilson (tenor & baritone saxophones), Paul Edis (keyboards), Andy Champion (double bass) & Adam Sinclair (drums)
(Review by Russell - photos courtesy of Graeme Wilson and Cath.)
The Head of Steam’s Central Bar on Half Moon Lane in Gateshead stepped into the breach when Splinter’s regular session at the Bridge Hotel was inadvertently double booked. 
The new quartet was ready to go with a set list of Wilson’s tunes ranging  from established pieces to new charts. 

Wilson opened the set with a tune familiar to the Tyneside audience; Street of Furs featured in the pad of the now disbanded Voice of the North Jazz Orchestra and it worked well in this small group format. Pontoon formed part of a commission from the Harbour Association of Mull (I wonder…was it released on CD?) and bassist Andy Champion grabbed the first of several solo opportunities. 
Searchlight Nevada spun a tale of John Coltrane going missing in the desert; Wilson’s quartet didn't hide, they dug deep and found Coltrane. Trane was there all along at the core of the music. 
Offissa Pupp (a funk groove), New Wallaw (a Voice of the North commission) and Remara (also heard previously in big band or Splinter Group context) illustrated the breadth of Wilson’s talents as composer. The latter number featured Wilson’s excellent tenor and Paul Edis (keyboards). 
Sycamore (a lament and a second reference to the derelict Wallaw Cinema in Blyth) show-cased Wilson’s cool tenor playing and Edis’ measured response. A brace of new tunes - Toe of Fudge and Pleasureland – are sure to be heard again at future gigs (they’re good ones) and Honolulus (the final number of the evening) tore it up (cue Adam Sinclair’s top grade drum solo). 
Catch the Graeme Wilson Quartet at a gig sometime soon – they’re a seriously good outfit. Wilson has another project brewing…the music of John Coltrane. When Wilson puts it on the stand it will be with a slightly different but equally good line-up. A must for those who know Coltrane’s music. A must for those who know Wilson’s music. Keep checking Bebop Spoken Here for news of where and when.
Russell                     

1 comment :

  1. Graeme's such a great tenor player, you're so lucky to have him in your neck of the woods. Always really loved his sound.

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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.
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