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Bebop Spoken There

Sonny Rollins: "I work very hard. I wear out suits playing." - (Downbeat May 29, 1969.)

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Bob Brookmeyer: "The group's philosophy? We're saving to buy new uniforms - the ties wore out." - (Crescendo March 1965).

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Today Tuesday March 28

Jonathan Silk's Fragment Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £10/£8. JNE/Schmazz gig.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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Northern Monkey Brass Band - The Fox, West End Tce., Hexham NE46 3DB. 9pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Henchmen Sextet @ Sage Gateshead August 30

Arthur Higgins (ten); James Harrison (pno); Tim Bloomer (gtr); Katie Trigger (bs); James Carmichael (dms); Belinda Voshtina (vcl).
(Review by Lance, photos by Paul Anthony Ennis.)
It does your heart good to hear young guys(and gals) playing jazz that swings and jumps and rocks. These six know where it's at  and deliver the goods as only musicians, however young, can do after long hours of practice. Clifford Brown's Sandu got the show rolling with kickass solos from James and Tim and some sublimity from Arthur to keep the temperature just below boiling point. Belinda sang Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You and Georgia on my Mind  with once again good solos all round.
More standards, a blast on Watermelon Man, a superb In a Sentimental Mood from Higgins, Blue Skies from Belinda closing with a piano vocal duo on I'm Thru With Love. This is one of the all time greats of popular song and, whilst Belinda gave it her best shot, I thought it could perhaps have been sung a semitone lower.
Interval, re-charging of glasses, socialising, then onto a very different second set.
Katie exchanged her upright bass for bass guitar and the band moved into jazz/rock territory. Herbie Hancock and Pee Wee Ellis provided some good rocking stuff before Belinda sang that song from Porgy and Bess. Hopefully, come Sunday, it will be out of season and we will be hit, instead, with Autumn Leaves! No offence Belinda, you sang it beautifully probably as good as any of the other 10,000 singers who sing it beautifully. Mr PC was an uptempo swinger that gave everyone a chance to shoot for the stars.
Belinda came back for Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying, Love is Kinda Crazy and Contain My Heart before the band blasted out Tenor Madness which had a great call and response section between Harrison and Higgins before Carmichael was let loose at the kit.
This was a very good gig by the young musicians who, with encouragement, represent the future - don't knock them!
Lance.

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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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