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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 Wednesday March 29.

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
TBA - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
Caro Emerald - Sage Gateshead. Doors 7pm. £51.06/£37.67/£24.19. VIP package £134.38.
Joe Stilgoe's Big Band Bonanza - Forum Theatre, Queensway, Billingham TS23 2LJ.7:30pm. £22. 01642 552663. w. Madeline Bell and Anthony Strong. A BBC Radio 2 'Friday Night is Music Night' concert.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

LP Review: Back Door - BBC 'In Concert'

Ron Aspery (horns & keys); Colin Hodgkinson (bs gtr & vcl); Tony Hicks (dms) + Alexis Korner gtr/vcl/compere)
Who can forget the impact Back Door made on the jazz scene back in the early '70s. Not only that, they were from the north-east (Teesside/North Yorks). Just as the Emcee 5 had impacted 10 or so years earlier so did Back Door.
However, the two bands were miles apart stylistically. Emcee 5 were a smooth, polished Jazz Messengers influenced band whereas Back Door exuded raw, uncontained emotion. This was blues mixed with jazz and rock - one of the first fusion bands. Aspery played some way out alto moving into Roland Kirk territory at times. Screeching, screaming but always with meaning. Hodgkinson's bass entwined with Aspery's lines at times sounding almost as one.
This live BBC recording has Alexis Korner guesting so, needless to say, there's a whole lotta blues with Korner's guitar as earthy as anything from the deep south - either side of the Atlantic. Both Hodgkinson and Korner are listed as doing vocals but, to me, it sounds as one person which I guess is Korner although he sounds different to the Korner I remember- maybe it's Hodgkinson. I need help on this one!
Whatever, it's one important piece of vinyl and produced at the standard we've come to expect from Gearbox Records.
Lance.
PS: I contacted Colin Hodgkinson who has agreed to identify the vocals after he's heard the record again.

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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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