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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).

Betty Bennett: “I've never sung "Funny Valentine"--my only claim to fame.” – (Crescendo September 1974).

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, March 01, 2013

CD Review: Simon Spillett Quartet - Square One.

Simon Spillett (ten); John Critchinson (pno); Alec Dankworth (bs); Clark Tracy (dms).
(Review by Lance.)
If you were at last night's concert at Newcastle's Corner House you surely purchased this disc as a reminder of a memorable evening. If you didn't, then I suggest a visit to your GP to have the wax removed from your ears! 
Seriously, last night was brilliant with Simon at the top of his game and that is reproduced here making this a souvenir of the gig or a reminder to those who didn't make it of what they missed.
When I hear Spillett play although the spirit of Tubbs hovers over, I find he is becoming ever more his own man. On this disc, the opening two numbers - Dizzy Reece's Shepherd's Serenade and Spillett's own Square One - have a Blue Note/Prestige soul feel to them that almost cries out for a Hammond B3 - almost! The rhythm section of Critch, Dank and Trace prove that, as the Edis boys did last night, they can set up a groove just as effective as anything by Wild Jimmy Groove McSmith!
The ballad, Yesterday I Heard the Rain, is treat with due respect without being lachrymose whilst Night in Tunisia is the exotic romp that tune always is.
Jimmy Deuchar's Bass House and the up-tempo In the Still of the Night conclude a splendid album that, I'm led to believe, is also available on 12" vinyl.
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1 comment :

  1. Yes indeed Lance, Simon's album has been released as a 180gm vinyl LP record, containing a free download code for high quality WAV files. The CDs will only be available at Simon's gigs.

    The album can be ordered direct from the Gearbox Online Store or via one of our retail partners.

    Many thanks,


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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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