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Bebop Spoken There

Sonny Rollins: "I work very hard. I wear out suits playing." - (Downbeat May 29, 1969.)

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Bob Brookmeyer: "The group's philosophy? We're saving to buy new uniforms - the ties wore out." - (Crescendo March 1965).

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Today Friday March 24

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Mick Shoulder's Swing Manouche - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5. 0300 0269520
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Evening
James Harrison & Caroline Bagley- Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. Free.
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Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7:00pm.
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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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