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Bebop Spoken There

Jackie McLean: “I can't understand British audiences. In Britain there doesn't seem to be any curiosity." (Melody Maker, April 1, 1961).

Charles Mingus: "It seems to me that if our records were not issued in Britain, the British cats would have to think for themselves" (Jazz News, July 26th 1961)

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Today Tuesday July 25

Evening
Misha Mullov-Abbado Sextet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane NE25 5DW. 8pm. Free.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. £10 & £8. JNE gig.
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Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Kenny Barron Platinum Trio @ the Cour De L' Hotel-De-Ville, Geneva Old Town. July 15

Kenny Barron (piano); George Mraz (contrabasse); Lewis Nash (batterie)
(Review by Ron Ainsborough)
On a very hot evening this concert took place an open atrium surrounded by a very old beautiful stone building, an absolutely terrific setting. A sell out as well!
What a trio! Kenny Barron played all styles of piano and his music covered many different genres of jazz, which we all know he is more than capable of. His solo dedicated to Monk, Blue Monk, was great and the trio was top drawer playing standards mixed with one or two own compositions. He even touched on free form within one number to great effect, but used as a contrast within the mainly melodic composition. it did not break the three rules that I love, Rhythm – Harmony - Melody.
Coincidentally, I have only seen the brilliant George Mraz once and that was on my one and only visit to Birdland a few years ago and he was with Billy Hart that night (who I also saw play with his own band last November in Europe). Small world!
Lewis Nash is not on many recordings for nothing, he is up there with the best ( including Billy Hart) and played an absorbing drum solo which with drums I generally find very difficult to hold my attention for very long. Not so in his case, superb throughout the whole concert.
Loved ever minute of it !!!!!!!!                         
Ron.

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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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