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Bebop Spoken There

John Tynan: "Go ahead, call me reactionary. I happen to object to the musical nonsense being peddled in the name of jazz by John Coltrane and his acolyte Eric Dolphy." - (Downbeat November 22, 1961).

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McCoy Tyner: "If anyone want to know how the three of us - Elvin, Jimmy and me - felt about John [Coltrane], listen to the music and you can hear the love and respect we had for each other. The music can really speak more than any of us." - (Melody Maker, August 19, 1967).
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Today Sunday April 23

Afternoon.
Ian Harrington (solo piano) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Broken Levee - 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.
Hot Club du Nord - Village Hall, 30 High St., Swainby, Northallerton DL6 3EG. 1pm. 01642 700886. (Bubble charity)
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Evening
Darlington Big Band - Darlington Conservative & Unionist Club, Commercial St., Darlington DL3 6JG. 01325 467019. 6pm.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Seaton Sluice Social Club, Collywell Bay Rd., Seaton Sluice NE26 4QZ. 8pm. £4.
Swing at Twilight w. Minnie Fraser Quartet - Riding Mill Parish Hall, Northumberland. 7:15pm. £10. Profits to charity.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Corner House, Heaton, Newcastle NE6 5RP. 7:00pm. Event is a book launch (Chris Cross’ Geordie Book of Magic) and a birthday party.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

GIJF Day Two - Jean Touissaint Quartet. Sage Gateshead April 5


Jean Touissaint (ten/sop)/ Andrew McCormack (pno); Larry Bartley (bs); Shane Forbes (dms).
(Review by Lance)
This was a cracker - a firecracker - of a set by four superb musicians who set Hall Two alight. I didn't catch the name of the drummer (Shane Forbes - see comment) - a last minute replacement for Troy Miller - but he drove the quartet along with all the power of Art Blakey in his prime AND with subtlety when required.  McCormack, who'd also played an eclectic first set with Jason Yarde and the Elysian String Quartet (to be reviewed elsewhere) proved himself capable of playing outstanding, straight down the middle, jazz piano aided and ably abetted by Larry Bartley who gave a master-class on the art of bass playing.
As for Touissaint he simply exuded class. It must have been the hat or possibly the brown suede shoes - the coolest dude on the planet and can he play?!
Born in St. Thomas, (where else?)Virgin Islands, Touissaint chose material from, in the main, his latest album Tate Song and included the cleverly titled dedication to his daughter My Dear Ruby as well as a tribute to the late pianist Mulgrew Miller entitled simply Mulgrew. Both were examples of ballad playing at its best.
Pianist McCormack was given his head on Prelude to a Kiss and his own composition Vista whilst the drummer (somebody please tell me his name) had an impressive outing on Rice For CR Pepper (I think!)
Best concert so far.
In the after concert photo Touissaint can be seen enjoying the company of Sue Hurrell (left) and Pam Young (right) whilst Jazz Café Programme Co-ordinator Dave Clark looks on.
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. Nice one Lance - the drummer is Shane Forbes.

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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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