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Bebop Spoken There

Eubie Blake: “He [Willie The Lion Smith] played some tricky rhythms, if he'd seen them written down, he'd have said "Oh I couldn't play that", but he played them!” – (DownBeat May 24, 1973).

Mel Lewis: “They [kids] think the word "technique" means speed. The word "technique" just means the way you do something, that's all.” – (DownBeat July 19. 1973).

Today Sunday April 22

Afternoon

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 12 noon. Free.

More Jam - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3:00pm. Free.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).

Evening

Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 8SF. 5:30pm (4:00pm doors). £8.00.

Teduloca - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £10 (£8 in adv.)

Kevin Eland - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6:00pm. £5.00. Darlington Jazz Club.

Bradley Johnston - The Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 6:00pm. Free.

Scott Wainwright - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson Street, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Friday, April 18, 2014

CD Review Led Bib The People in Your Neighbourhood

Mark Holub (drums), Pete Grogan (alto saxophone), Chris Williams (alto saxophone), Liran Donin (bass) & Toby McLaren (keyboards & piano)
(Review by Russell)
A crowd funding campaign helped fund the making of Led Bib’s new release. The Mercury Prize nominated quintet have rewarded those who donated to the project with a recording embracing the familiar groove and newer chilled-out elements. Altoist Chris Williams’ own tune New Teles opens the album and it is the composer who sets the pace. 
Tight riffs are heard across the ten tracks - Giant Bean a brisk hike through a turbulent landscape, Pete Grogan’s energetic This Roofus to the restrained Recycling Saga to the fun-filled Plastic Lighthouse - with the harmonising horns of Grogan and Williams markers along the way. Mark Holub (Led Bib was his idea ten years ago) fuses featherweight cymbals (At the Ant Farm) with snapping snare work throughout the seventy plus minutes of the CD. Liran Donin’s commanding bass lines weld together the compositions, Toby McLaren’s retro electronic interventions subvert, the mischievous aural graffiti artist at work. Fans of Led Bib will be delighted with The People in Your Neighbourhood. The CD is released on Cuneiform (catalogue no. Rune 378) on April 21. 
The band’s UK tour begins on April 22 in Cornwall at St Ives Jazz Club and the official album launch takes in three nights at the Vortex, London. Visit www.ledbib.com.
Russell.

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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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