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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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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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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Alan Glen Trio @ The Jazz Café

Alan Glen (pno); Neil Harland (bs); Paul Wight (dms).
(Review by Lance/Photo by Mike Tilley).
Newcastle was awash with girls in mini-skirts. At weekends they flood the town centre and it has to be said these visions (well some of them) warmed the cockles of my heart much more than my top coat did! However, tonight I was intent on feasting my ears rather than my eyes hence this trip to the Jazz Café.
My appetite had been whetted after hearing Alan Glen play the grand piano at the Cherry Tree on Monday and tonight I eagerly anticipated him at the specially tuned for the occasion upright.
Not so.
Alan elected to bring his digital piano and, in fairness, he gets as good a piano sound as most pianists do from a digi keyboard.
Tonight, Neil Harland was on bass and, of course, he did a good job - doesn't he always? Paul Wight at the kit gave the dynamic and yet sympathetic display we have come to expect from him whilst Alan, as befits his position as the Grand Old (ish) Man of north east jazz, dealt a winning hand - well two hands actually!
Once again a choice selection of standards and bop themes totally different from Monday night.
Love For Sale; Stella by Starlight; The Song is You (whizzbang solo from Paul); 'Round Midnight; Beautiful Love; Time After Time; Yardbird Suite; I Fall in Love Too Easily; Woody'n' You
Transport timing decreed I left before the second set, Metro and number 88 bus my itinerary.
On the 88 a group of pleasantly pissed pensioners were singing Alexander's Ragtime Band.
What better way to end an enjoyable evening than with a burst of Irving Berlin? If I'd been drinking something stronger than coffee I'd have probably joined in and helped them out with the words!
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.
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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