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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 Tuesday September 27

Afternoon
Mosaic Jazz (Playing a celebration of American music) - Bell and Bucket, Norfolk St., North Shields. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Charles Gordon/Ken Hewitt Trio - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 7.30-10pm. Free.
Henrik Jensen’s Followed by Thirteen w. Andre Canniere (tpt) - Jazz Café. 8:15pm £10.00./£8.00. Bassist Jensen touring his new CD Blackwater. JNE Schmazz gig.
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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Courtney Pine at Hoochie Coochie.

Courtney Pine (soprano sax/ewi); Cameron Pierre, Chris Cobbson (gtrs); Darren Taylor (bs); Samuel Dubois (steel pans); Robert Fordjour (dms)
(Review by Lance)
Was this or wasn't this a night to remember?
It was!
In fact it was quite fantastic although - shock horror - Courtney made the mistake of showing that jazz can also be entertainment! This was entertainment with a capital E and jazz with a capital J. I imagine some of the jazz mafia shaking their heads at the thought of people enjoying themselves whilst listening to jazz!
The emphasis was on the Caribbean and, in places, reminded me of a disc John Surman made many years ago. This was sheer fun (capital F) and Pine displayed a degree of virtuosity on soprano that beggared belief.
He also played a strange digital instrument - the EWI. Through the wonders of technology, this electronic device enables the player to cover the range of, say, a contra bass sax to a sopranino sax and beyond. Our boy used it to great effect on Body and Soul.
 Hoochie was packed and the crowd responded enthusiastically to what CP and the band were laying down,
Talking 'bout the band - two fantastic guitarists, great bassist, drummer and an out of this world steel panner. I'm guessing at the musicians but I was so much into the excitement being generated that I didn't catch the names.
Come the finale, Courtney made his inevitable foray into the crowd. Playing and shaking hands, dancing and delighting the fans with his hands-on approach. 
As I said at the beginning, this was a night to remember.
Check out his latest CD - House of Legends.
Lance.

2 comments :

  1. It was indeed a fantastic gig. From Courtney's high energy entrance, using circular breathing to play his soprano without pausing, to mingling with the crowd at the end, it was non stop thrills, with suberb playing from the band. The club wisely has few seats, so the crowd could MOVE with fthe music. As exciting as any rock gig i've ever seen - it shouldn't have been jazz, but most certainly was.

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  2. Wot, no political lectures then?

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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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