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Bebop Spoken There

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Today Saturday June 23

Afternoon

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Evening

Get in the Band - 1) Great North Museum (Hancock Museum), 2) Central Station & 3) Sage Gateshead. Times TBC. Free but ticketed. For details visit: www.sagegateshead.com

Eric Burdon & the Animals + Hilton Valentine’s Skiffledogs - Newcastle City Hall, Northumberland Road, Newcastle NE1 8SF. Tel: 08448 112121. 7:30pm. £86.00., £66.00., £46.00.

Teresa Watson Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Dean Stockdale - Zeffirellis, Compston Rd., Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 9AD. 01539 433845. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Thursday, June 06, 2013

North East Four (NE4) @ The Star Inn, Newcastle. June 5.

Paul Gowland (ten); Alan Law (pno); Ray Truscott (bs gtr); Paul Wight (dms).
(Review by Lance)
The North East 4, not to be confused with the Birmingham 6, exploded at the Star Inn tonight. This is a new band of four good men and true who played an interesting mix of originals and standards - composed I guess by six string bass guitarist Truscott who wrote the originals and they were original! Standards were Stomping at the Savoy (re-titled Savoy Cabbage and Chick Corea's Spain.)
The opener was loud - I mean Arena volume loud - in the bar of the Star Inn! However, the decibels dropped for the numbers that followed and were at a more acceptable volume as musicians and listeners adjusted to the acoustics. The pieces were quirky with some strange intervals - rather like an Ellington/Strayhorn opus inspired by a trip to the far east.
To quote pianist Law, they don't go where you expect them to go!" The 'Sound of Surprise' is ever with us.
The genre? Jazz Rock, New (ish) Wave, Hard Bop, Brubeckian time signatures (7/4), soulful ballads... 
Paul Gowland is on a roll these days, the ideas flow so (seemingly) effortlessly from the tenor sax - man and machine are as one.
Alan Law, addressed Alan Glenn as did, according to legend, Fats refer to Tatum. "God is in the house tonight."
God was indeed in the house but, on tonight's performance, Alan Law will surely soon graduate to deity status himself.
Truscott proved that he is much more than a bassist - his compositions and his arrangements were intriguing. Paul Wight impressed throughout - his solos, including a 7/4 blast, kept things kicking. NE4 is a welcome addition to the modern scene.
Afterwards, Lindsay Hannon sang My Funny Valentine, Andria, I Got Rhythm and Where or When followed by another of Lindsay's proteges - David - who did Autumn Leaves and All or Nothing at All.
Another good night - all we need are a few more jazzers to get their ass down here to keep it going.
Photos.
Lance.
PS: Next week Katie Trigger.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

no one plays like alan glen

alan law x

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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