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Bebop Spoken There

Johnny Dankworth: "[on British Trad] If you want to get ahead get a hat." - (Melody Maker July 23, 1960). From Colin Aitchison's amazing collection).

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Acker Bilk: “What's wrong with a bowler? My bank manager wears one!” (Melody Maker October 10, 1960). From Colin Aitchison's amazing collection).

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Today Saturday August 1

Afternoon.
Play Jazz! Summer School - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 9.30am. Two day event. email: learning@jazz.coop.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club - St. Augustine's, Larchfield St.., Darlington DL3 7TG. 12.30pm. £10.
Evening.
Pete Tanton/Mark Williams Quartet - Jam Session - The Globe, 11 Railway St., NE4 7AD. 7.30pm (For 8pm). £5.
Ruth Lambert/Giles Strong - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. Free.
Belinda Voshtina/James Harrison - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ 7pm. Free.
Steve Glendinning (Solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 7.00pm.
Rendezvous Jazz - Sandpiper, Cullercoats. 8.30pm £3.

Friday, June 10, 2011

The Impossible Gentlemen @ The Sage, Gateshead

Gwilym Simcock (pno/melodica) - pictured left signing CDs; Mike Walker (gtr); Steve Swallow (bs); Adam Nussbaum (dms).
Gig of the year so far, was the consensus of many and it certainly is a contender. I absolutely adored the CD but live! Within the intimate confines of Hall Two it was something else.
Like so many good things it began with a 'calm before the storm' feel as Mike Walker gently picked his way around his axe. Enter piano, increasing the tension, showing us the way. Bass and drums change gear and suddenly! - we've got lift-off. No problem here at The Sage - Houston.
Walker is a guitar deity - so says Mark Williams, himself not unknown among the guitarati A list. Walker can be sublime and smooth or rugged and rockfaced he knows exactly when to go into overdrive and he does it within an acceptable rate of decibels.
Simcock is a pianist with technique to spare. Jarrett, Hancock maybe even a touch of Czerny are all in a mix that comes out as pure Simcock. A phenomenal player.
Adam Nussbaum - a powerhouse behind the kit swinging, driving soloing adding his voice to the quartet keeping the ship afloat.
Steve Swallow - laid-back and understated during the first set he displayed more authority in the second with a couple of compositions and some tasteful soloing. A harmonic rock.
Four great musicians and an even greater band.
For the record Level One was full and Level Two was also populated. One chap I spoke to had travelled from Wrexham to hear the band. I'm sure he thought it was worth the trip.
Lance

3 comments :

  1. I can't think of another gig I've enjoyed as much. There's no such thing as perfection on art, but if there was...

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  2. You've nailed it Dave - wish I'd thought of that!

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  3. No such thing as perfection in typing either! I meant "in art" not "on art."

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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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