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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

Steve Swallow Quintet Victoria Hall , Geneva. July 22

Steve Swallow (bass guitar); Carla Bley (Organ); Chris Cheek (Ten); Steve Cardenas (El.Gtr); Jorge Rossy (Dms)
(Review by Ron Ainsborough)
Another sell out in Geneva!
This concert took place in a typically continental beautifully  ornate Hall, worth being there for the architecture and interior design alone as well as for the wonderful music.
Your comments, Lance, in the Carla Bley CD review were all reflected in this brilliant concert. Obviously well rehearsed without one note out of place, and yes, Carla Bley is a very economic keyboard player, but perfect in her promoting and prodding of the melody with the rest of the quintet.
Can't give the names of all the Steve Swallow compositions but one I do remember was I would rather bite my grandmother which Steve Swallow explained was the reply Sousa (of marches fame) gave when asked what he thought about this new music called Jazz. Wonderful!!!
All the musicians were great but I think Chris Cheek needs a special mention for some great tenor improvisations.
Again I enjoyed every minute of this concert, but their again I don't take much pleasing as long as H R and melody are there. Seriously though this music was brilliant and the wonderful bass sounds of Steve Swallow are worth listening to if you can catch one of his concerts near you.
Sorry Lance for these belated reviews but I have not been back for long.
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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