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Bebop Spoken There

Mundell Lowe: “...we also had to play for a floor show, which consisted of girls dancing--some of 'em were dressed, some of 'em were not so dressed.” – (Crescendo September 1974).

George Melly: “I think all clubs are like old tarts, sad under full lighting.” – (Slowing Down, Penguin Books 2005).

Today Tuesday December 1

Mosaic Jazz (Playing a celebration of American music) - Bell and Bucket, 37 Norfolk St, North Shields, Tyne and Wear NE30 1NQ. 1pm. Free.
Charles Gordon/Ken Hewitt Trio - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 7.30-10pm. Free.
Gavin Lee’s Dixieland Band - New Inn, 29 Church St., Durham. DH1 3DN. 9pm. Free.
Jam Session - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free.
Customs House Big Band w. Ruth Lambert - All Saints Church, Cleadon, nr. Sunderland. 7pm.
Ralph Keeley (solo piano) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 7.00pm.
Ian Bosworth and Friends - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough, TS5 5DT. 01642 823813. 9pm.

Friday, December 07, 2012

Jazz At Oberlin.

(Post by Lance)
With the passing of Dave Brubeck I've spent a lot of time listening to his music and I've come to a conclusion which goes against the general consensus of opinion.
Joe Morello was a great drummer and the Time Out album was superb but, for me, the classic album was the 1953 session - Jazz At Oberlin. Lloyd Davis was on drums (whatever became of?) whilst Dave and Paul swung their asses off. Ron Crotty on bass helped to make this album an absolute delight. 
There is a tendency to praise Morello and Desmond to the heights whilst denigrating the leader - Steve Voce did just that in today's i obituary. But listening to this LP after some years away from it, it still moves me. Great interpretations of songbook classics. If I was only allowed one Brubeck disc to that fabled Desert Island this would be it. The story on the sleeve was that Dave and Paul had had a row backstage and that they took it out on each other musically on-stage  Whether that actually happened or was just a publicity stunt I don't know but whatever, the musical sparks certainly fly.
Listen to The Way You Look Tonight on YouTube. and while you're there check out Perdido from the same concert.
PS: Here's Dave on Jools Holland show in 2002. - John T sent this.

1 comment :

  1. Got to agree,although my favourite Dave Brubeck album is Jazz Goes To first ever 12" LP.(I traded two Bill Haley 78's with a kid at school)....I still think it was a good deal.


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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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