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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.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Nick Pride & the Pimptones - Splinter @ The Bridge.

Nick Pride (gtr/vcl), David Wilde (ten/fl), Keith Nicholson (tpt), Chris Hibbard (tmb), Ian Pattinson (bs), Oz Cassidy (dms).
This is just about as tight a band as you'll find in a long day's stomp. What you see is what you get - precision playing covering many genré but, whether it be Soul, Funk, Hip-hop, Blues or Reggae there is a jazz groove running through like the lettering in a stick of Whitley Bay Rock ('n Roll).
The 'Pimps aren't a band dependent on virtuoso soloists rattling off a 1000 choruses whilst saying 'look at me aren't I clever?' They're a band that lets the power of the ensembles and the closely knit arrangements do the talking.
Having said that, there were moments to remember such as David Wilde's flute playing and his tenor solos totally immersed into whatever idiom. Keith and Chris (depping for Alex Leathard) had fewer solos but blew good on what they had. Drummer Cassidy drove the band like as though there were no tomorrow and maybe there isn't but Pattinson the bass had his feet firmly entrenched in today providing the melodic pulse that said bass doesn't have to be boring.
Leader Nick kept the whole shebang together playing guitar masterfully, singing minimally and spieling microphonically.
Everybody should have been dancing and I did notice Zoe (Gilby) shaking it about a bit and even Paul Bream waggled his ears!
Another good night and another good crowd.
Photos.
Next week the Sonny Simmons Quartet.
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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