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Bebop Spoken There

Ernie Wilkins: “If you don't look at the liner notes, you don't know who in the hell it is. Everybody sounds alike, that same million-note approach. Faceless.” – (Crescendo November 1975).

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Ben Williams: “A lot of jazz today has developed this allergy to simplicity. ‘If it’s simple, that means it’s not hip’ is a theme. But sometimes the simplest thing you can do is the hippest thing you can do.” – (Down Beat August 2015).

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Archives.

Today Wednesday March 22

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Paul Skerritt Band - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
John Harle and Steve Lodder - Royal Grammar School, Eskdale Tce., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4DX. 7pm. £20 & £10. 60th birthday tour for RGS alumnus Harl.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £4.
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Friday, February 21, 2014

CD Review: Pat Metheny Unity Group – Kin (<->)

Pat Metheny (electric & acoustic guitars, guitar synth, electronics, orchestrionics, synths); Chris Potter  (tenor sax, bass clarinet, soprano sax, clarinet, alto flute, bass flute); Antonio Sanchez (drums and cajon); Ben Williams (acoustic and electric bass); Giulio Carmassi ( piano, trumpet, trombone, french horn, cello, vibes, clarinet, flute, recorder, alto sax, wurlitzer, whistling and vocals).
(Review by Steve H.)
This album is classic Pat Metheny for those who are familiar with his work and for those who are not this is a great place to start. The opening track on the album On Day One  is an extended rip roaring ensemble fusion piece with hints of Steve Reich style passages utilizing a variety of electronic wizardry, hand claps and anything else the band can get their hands on. Midway through the track there is a pyrotechnic saxophone solo from Chris Potter and the finale ends with some atmospheric vocals.
Rise Up begins with a Latin feel acoustic guitar solo and soon livens up with some high energy playing. Another Metheny solo, this time on electric guitar, leads us into a blast by Chris Potter before we end once more on a vocal led exit. After these wild opening tracks we are brought down to earth again by the almost classical piece Adagia. Sign of the Season is a fairly gentle bass led number. The title track Kin (ß à)  showcases  Metheny’s haunting guitar style, I am not sure what the left and right arrows stand for possibly the midpoint of the album? A beautiful ballad Born follows which is simply delicious. We Go On has a very catchy almost easy listening melody. Finally Kqu another eloquent ballad completes this thoroughly enjoyable album.
Steve H.

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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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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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