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Bebop Spoken There

Buddy Guy: "My mother said, 'You got flowers for me, give 'em to me now, because I'm not going to smell them when you put 'em on the casket'." - (DownBeat September 2018).

Marty Ashby: "I asked him what his gig was and he said 'I put the scores on the music stands'. I said, 'That's a gig?' And I realised there were four floors of guys like him, who supported some of the finest musicians in the world. But I was a jazz musician, and I was used to playing with some of the finest musicians in the world in front of the New York Public Library for tips. That's when I realised that jazz didn't have the same support system as classical music. - (DownBeat September 2018).

Today Wednesday August 15

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8:00pm. £1.00.

Stu Collingwood-Russ Morgan Organ Duo - Dun Cow, Brandling Village, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4RS. Tel: 0191 338 7981. 8:00pm. Free.

Community Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm £3.00.

Moonshine Sessions - 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.

Monday, April 28, 2014

CD Review: Vasilis Xenopoulos - The Wind Machine.

Vasilis Xenopoulos (ten); Steve Fishwick (tpt); Nigel Price (gtr); Bill Mudge (Hammond); Pete Cater (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Vasy crops up so frequently on this site that I no longer have to name check the spelling! The recent Wind Machine gigs at The Bridge Hotel, Newcastle and St. Cuthbert's Centre, Crook, created a lot of favourable waves and although the personnel, with the exception of Mr X, is totally different the tunes are the same i.e. swinging small group arrangements of big band classics.

Martin Shaw (live)? Steve Fishwick (CD)? you pays your money and you makes your choice - both top class players. Likewise Pete Cater (CD) Matt Home (live). The main difference is piano and bass (live) as opposed to B3 and guitar (CD).
Personally I lean towards the piano bass set up of the live gigs but it also has to be said that the Hammond does help create the big band sound they sought plus having Nigel Price on guitar is a bonus ball at any session.
Four Brothers, as I commented in my review of the Splinter gig at the Bridge, is just as amazing here and The Groove Merchant another one to savour. Tin Tin Deo; Corner Pocket; The Fun Club; The Wind Machine; Prelude to a Kiss/Sophisticated Lady; Splanky and Playhouse are the other titles with ne'er a dud amongst them!
A fitting reminder of a Greek who came blowing riffs.
Got to be among the CD of the year lists!
Check out www.33jazz.com.
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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