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Bebop Spoken There

Andrew Hadro: "It seems to me that everybody just puts out an album, they go through the motions, spend the money and they just sort of throw it out there into the sea of CDs and hope something comes back" - (DownBeat June 2018).

Jonnathan Blake (Blindfold Test): “Maybe it's someone from New Orleans who has lived in New York for a minute.” (DownBeat June 2018).

Today Tuesday May 22

Afternoon

Classic Swing - The Ship, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.

Evening

Safe Sextet with Debra Milne - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB. Tel: 01434 603681. 8:00pm. Free.

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

Friday, June 14, 2013

Graeme Wilson Quartet @ The Lit and Phil, Newcastle.

Graeme Wilson (ten); Paul Edis (pno); Andy Champion (bs); Adam Sinclair (dms).
(Review by Lance).
There's a certain olde worlde charm about the Lit and Phil. An imposing, slightly decaying facade (understandable as it's been around for 320 years), that nevertheless has of late provided the setting for many excellent concerts across the jazz spectrum.
This afternoon's performance by the Graeme Wilson Quartet must surely rank high on the list of jazz achievements attained within its hallowed walls. Who knows but that one day there will be portraits of these four musicians adorning the walls alongside the dignitaries who currently look down?
By this preamble you'll have guessed it was a good gig!
All the compositions were by tenorman Wilson and were indeed originals rather than the sometimes boring as bread nondescript derivative themes that are often passed off as original. A crime, I hasten to add, that none of this quartet have ever been guilty of.
The leader was in fine form, dazzling us with his technique and that lovely not quite cool tone. Andy Champion had flown in from China just over an hour previous but if he was jet lagged it didn't show. His solo on Remora was quite something - man it was better than King Prawns with Special Fried Rice and Soy Sauce.
Paul Edis has long since passed the Chop Sticks stage. There were a few bars in A Toe of Fudge that was sheer virtuosity. That they stood out in an afternoon of superb piano playing tells you just how good they were!
Adam Sinclair was chopping sticks but with a finely honed axe rather than a buzz saw. He excelled in the swinging Honolulus which brought back to mind the old Honolulu Penny joke - I wonder if that was the inspiration?
Other delights were the unprogrammed piece dedicated to "A derelict art deco cinema in Blyth." A piece so evocative you could close your eyes and you were sitting in the back stalls with the girl of your dreams and a choc ice - pleasureland! Pleasureland was also the name of one of the more frenetic numbers with just a suggestion of Eastern promise - nothing to do with the cinema in Blyth!
An inspiring afternoon and the good news is that it is programmed through until December with a break in August.
Next up Djangologie on July 12.
Lance.














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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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