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Bebop Spoken There

Najee: “I've played in a lot of musical situations and they've all contributed to some facet of my musical personality– (Jazz Times March 1996).

Meredith d'Ambrosio: “Sometimes the verses are better than the songs! (Jazz Times March 1996).

Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival Competition

Win a Family Weekend Pass to the UK's most idyllic Jazz festival.
1) In which county is Burton Agnes Hall situated?
2) Which artist appearing at the Festival was described by Christine Tobin as having ‘a wild musical spirit’?
3) Who will close this year’s Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival?
Email your answers to lanceliddle@gmail.com
Competition closes on May 27 so send your entry now.

Today Friday April 29.

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free. 0191 2513928.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
Miles Ahead (film) - Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle. Times.
Evening
The Ladies of Midnight Blue - World Headquarters, Curtis Mayfield house, Carliol Square, Newcastle NE1 6UF. 11pm (DJ set earlier).
Big Muddy - The Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling St., Gateshead. 8pm. Free..
Zita Frith/Dean Stockdale - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 6pm Free. 0191 2331010.
John Bailey Quintet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. £7/£5 (in advance).
James Birkett/Bradley Johnston - Ushaw College, Ushaw Moor, Durham DH7 9RH. £7. 7:30pm.

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Graeme Wilson Quartet - The Music of John Coltrane. Splinter @ The Bridge.

Graeme Wilson (ten); Stu Collingwood (keys); Andy Champion (bs); Adrian Tilbrook (dms). (Review by Lance.)
Song of the Underground Railroad from Coltrane's Africa Brass album kicked off this tribute. Wilson was in paint-stripping mode from bar one. By bar 16 he was going for the jugular and by the end of his solo he left no doubt that he was The Man to take us on a Trane ride. Collingwood kept the engine fuelled with Tilbrook and Champion making sure it stayed on track. What am I saying? "Stayed on track!" - it did a couple of mid air somersaults , shaked it's caboose and still arrived on time. This was some Trane!
Next up Lazy Bird from Blue Train - my favourite Coltrane album - more outstanding solos and I have to say, at this moment in time, I can't think of four guys who are still alive doing this better than tonight's four. I'm not talking Newcastle or even England - I'm talking the world.
Coltrane's tribute to Sonny Rollins - Like Sonny - ticked the boxes as did the beautiful Aisha from Olé. This was followed by the most amazing version of Countdown. I well recall the Woody Herman Band playing this at a North Sea Jazz Festival circa 1983. Charlie Carmichael and I watched and listened in awe as the five saxes blew this legendary fingerbuster with apparent ease. Tonight, Graeme Wilson did the same and did it even faster!
Break time. The consensus during the interval was that this Coltrane themed gig had pulled a respectably sized audience - as had previous themes such as Miles, Mingus and Bill Evans.... Who next? 
Back on the stand, Tilbrook put the boot in before Wilson joined him for a drum/tenor blast on Venus that led, I think, into Cosmos. Whatever, it was one helluva journey into space!
Bass Blues moved back in time by a minute or two but Persuance from the Love Supreme album propelled us into a world of Supreme Love.
This should have been recorded!
It was! - video link
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. You can hear (and see, eventually) the whole gig here: http://www.splinterjazz.co.uk/graeme-wilson-coltranenight-soundonly/wilson-coltranenight-sounds-only.mp3

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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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