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Bebop Spoken There

Ben Pollack: "The kind of people who go for the old style New Orleans jazz are the same kind of people who go in for collecting antiques." - (Down Beat May 5, 1950).

Flip Phillips: "I heard this band out in California. I think - Lu Waters, isn't it? They sure can march down the street but I wouldn't want to march with them!" - (Down Beat June 15, 1951).

Today Sunday June 25

Afternoon.
Joel Byrne McCullough (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Mitch Laddie Band - Tyne Bar, Maling St., Newcastle. 3pm. Free.
Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.
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Tyne Valley Big Band - Herding Hill Farm, Shield Hill, Haltwhistle NE49 9NW. 2pm. Support from Tyne Valley Youth Jazz Ensemble. 01434 320175.
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Evening
Jake Steels Quintet - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm.
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Hokum Hotshots-- Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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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 21, 2014

The Pilgrim St. Set @ Hoochie Coochie March 20

Richard Burns (tpt); Gary Turner (ten); Paul Edis (pno); Paul Susans (bs); Rob Walker (dms).
(Review by Lance).
The Media informed us that March 20 was "Happiness Day"! I'm not sure who decides these things but they certainly got it right last night at Hoochie. 
This band of pilgrims hit the ground running on only their second gig and the first with this line-up. The music ranged from early Blue Note to late Blue Note with some funky grooves in between.
The man from Melbourne proved himself to be a fine modern trumpet player and his announcements - when translated - showed that some Aussies do have a sense of humour!
Combining with the elusive Gary Turner the front line gelled, at times, close your eyes and it could have been Freddie Hubbard or Lee Morgan with say Wayne Shorter or Sonny Rollins!
Good to have Gary Turner back on the scene - quite an incredible player, always goes for the jugular. He discovers saxophone harmonics that seem to reach out to distant galaxies.
The repertoire consisted of items by Dexter Gordon, Ornette Coleman, Horace Silver, Eddie Harris, Frank Zappa and others. The Coleman piece included a section of free blowing that came across as a couple of Dixielanders doing Improv or maybe a couple of Improv guys doing Dixie. Whatever, it worked!
And why not? with the Triptych trio behind them anything is possible.
Edis, the master craftsman, a seasoned campaigner who can adapt to any musical situation, filling out the ensembles with choice harmonies and scoring one hundred and eighty with every solo flight.
Rob Walker is the ideal stickman easily finding the right groove to drive the horns to the point of no return. The climactic drum solo the icing on a beautifully cooked cake.
A cake made to a recipe by ace bass Paul Susans who, along with Burns, created this welcome addition to the scene.
Photos.
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. Hey Lance, Thanks for the kind words. I really enjoyed the gig last night and hope that this is going to be the start of something that gets bigger and better. I'll see you around soon no doubt. Cheers, Richard.

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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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