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Bebop Spoken There

Eubie Blake: “He [Willie The Lion Smith] played some tricky rhythms, if he'd seen them written down, he'd have said "Oh I couldn't play that", but he played them!” – (DownBeat May 24, 1973).

Mel Lewis: “They [kids] think the word "technique" means speed. The word "technique" just means the way you do something, that's all.” – (DownBeat July 19. 1973).

Today Sunday April 22

Afternoon

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 12 noon. Free.

More Jam - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3:00pm. Free.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).

Evening

Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 8SF. 5:30pm (4:00pm doors). £8.00.

Teduloca - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £10 (£8 in adv.)

Kevin Eland - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6:00pm. £5.00. Darlington Jazz Club.

Bradley Johnston - The Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 6:00pm. Free.

Scott Wainwright - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson Street, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Other Way - Lee Konitz @ The Pizza Express.

Lee Konitz (alt/sop), Dan Telfer (pno), Michael Janisch (bs), Jeff Williams (dms).
Last night Simon Spillett fired off 1000 notes per minute. Tonight, Lee Konitz fired off considerably fewer. Either because of maturity or physicality, Lee has learned to make every note count and count they did - eventually.
It began hesitantly as the four musicians searched out each others' strengths and weaknesses - not that there were many. Totally unamplified Lee fragmented around such standards as Solar, Come Rain or Come Shine, So Nice To come Home To but it wasn't until What's New that it finally fell together.
Cherokee, Body and Soul, Stella By Starlight and Alone Together completed the set that drew tumultuous applause from a packed Pizza Express.
At 82 Lee looks and plays like a much younger man yet I wondered if this - bordering just on the inside of the outside - was really him?
Still he got through to the audience and by the end I was with him.
Come in table mate Richard.
Lance.
PS: The Pizza was superb and promptly served.

2 comments :

Richard said...

Hi Lance. Yes, I agree that the second half of the Lee Konitz set was stronger than the first. I think the band connected a lot better as the gig progressed. Konitz did say at the start that it was the first time the 4 of them had played together. I particularly enjoyed Cherokee and What's New. I spoke to Lee Konitz afterwards who shows no signs of slowing down, even harbouring ambitions of playing back at Ronnie Scott's one day...talking of which, Roy Haynes was on great form on Thursday night. At 85 years old he plays with the speed and guile of a man half his age. Catch him tonight if you can. With a combined age of 167 years (Konitz and Haynes) jazz is still in very good hands with the old masters.
Richard

Lance said...

Alas Richard, I am now back up North so have had to miss Roy. Pleased you enjoyed.

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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.
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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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