Total Pageviews

Bebop Spoken There

Gene Ramey: "McShann stomped off at a fast tempo. This wasn't one of those slow-trains-through-Arkansas tempos, this was like that train between Chicago and Milwaukee. I mean fast." - (Stanley Crouch: Kansas City Lightning - The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker. Pub. Harper Collins 2013).

Dana Hall: "My philosophy is that everyone in the band is a drummer." - (DownBeat November 2018.)

Today Tuesday October 23

Afternoon

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

Evening

?????

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

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Shiver @ The Central Bar, Gateshead. October 23

Chris Sharkey (guitar), Andy Champion (electric bass) & Joost Hendrickx (drums)
(Review by Russell/photo by Ken Drew).
Gateshead’s Central Bar hosted the debut performance of Shiver. Two Gateshead lads, mates since school days, have been working hard with drummer Joost Hendrickx on their new sound. What to expect? Elements of Spelk and trio VD? The obvious parallels are there – the trio format, the chimerical Sharkey, the driven, focused Champion. Drummer Hendrickx, of the new wave with astounding technique, would surely bring something to the table. The keen and the curious filled the upstairs room of the Head of Steam's Gateshead hostelry . Signed, limited edition CDs Shiver #1 (numbered CDs - fifty only, number 10 of #1 is in the possession of this reviewer), badges and other freebies were available on the night.
Loud, electric, tight, inventive. Admissions of ‘prog rock’ influences would, no doubt, send shivers down the spine of some (pun intended), be it of eager anticipation or utter horror. If you are of the latter persuasion, perhaps the assurance that bombast was largely absent will come as something of a relief. Echoes of the tasteful guitar playing of Dave Gilmour and early Peter Green were evident, so too (bizarrely) the Duane Eddy twang brought into the twenty first century. Sharkey demonstrated remarkable command of his instrument, the same could be said of Champion and Hendrickx. Pedal boards covered the floor and at times wave upon wave of programmed, looped, distorted sound filled the room. Champion was ‘in the zone’ as pulsating riffs bounced off the walls, Hendrickx’s myriad patterns all but impossible to conceive let alone execute. The opening number – New Fashioned was, of course, resolutely Old Skool (prog rock, you know), followed by a tune so new it didn’t have a title, then Ankles – huge bass attack, strange drone (Hari Krishna etc). Night School, then another tune with no name (did Sharkey suggest You Can Call Me, Al?). Now this one made it all worthwhile. Astonishing group interplay beyond words. Some indication of what it was like? Sorry, can’t help. Inadequate descriptive powers. Those who have heard ACV go out on Without Bones will have some idea. Interval, head buzzing, refuge sought in the lounge. Second set, one long piece, different to the first set, at times mesmerising. Quite a debut for Shiver. Where they go from here remains to be seen. Selected dates are in the diary and for north easterners one of those gigs will be at next year’s Gateshead International Jazz Festival (April 4-6). www.shiver3.com
Russell.

No comments :

Blog Archive

About this blog - contact details.

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.

Subscribe!

Submissions for review

Whilst we appreciate the many emails, texts, messages and other communications we receive requesting album/gig reviews on BSH, regrettably, we are unable to reply to all of them other than those we are able to answer with a positive response.
Similarly, CDs received by post will only be considered if accompanied by sufficient background material.
Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance