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Bebop Spoken There

Jackie McLean: “I can't understand British audiences. In Britain there doesn't seem to be any curiosity." (Melody Maker, April 1, 1961).

Charles Mingus: "It seems to me that if our records were not issued in Britain, the British cats would have to think for themselves" (Jazz News, July 26th 1961)

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Today Tuesday July 25

Evening
Misha Mullov-Abbado Sextet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane NE25 5DW. 8pm. Free.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. £10 & £8. JNE gig.
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Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, March 14, 2014

The Collective @ Hoochie Coochie March 13.

Al Saxon (alt/fl); Tim Bloomer (gtr); Dominic Snaith (keys); Martyn Dixon (bs gtr); Paul Crown (dms).
(Review by Lance).
The young guns were shooting from the hip and taking no prisoners. This month's guest was the appropriately named Al Saxon although it wasn't all sax as he played some funky flute too. On sax he's a fully paid up member of the paintstrippers' union blowing some blistering alto. It was remarked that he was reminiscent of the young, now sadly departed (15 years as of tomorrow - March 15) Nigel Stanger and he did indeed have much of the fire in his belly associated with that legendary player.
The four bar exchanges between Tim and Al were quite amazing. Tim laying it down and Al picking it up.
Tim was also on form - the archetypal jazz rocker and a walking advert for his hairdresser!
On keys Dominic Snaith never fails to amaze producing some great sounds from the keyboard set up. Martyn Dixon soloed and supported solidly whilst kitman Crown drove them to the edge of the precipice.
Big thank you to Warren for providing these guys with a platform to do their thing.
Is it Funk, Fusion, Jazz Rock? Let's just call it music.
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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