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Ernie Wilkins: “If you don't look at the liner notes, you don't know who in the hell it is. Everybody sounds alike, that same million-note approach. Faceless.” – (Crescendo November 1975).

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Ben Williams: “A lot of jazz today has developed this allergy to simplicity. ‘If it’s simple, that means it’s not hip’ is a theme. But sometimes the simplest thing you can do is the hippest thing you can do.” – (Down Beat August 2015).

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Archives.

Today Wednesday March 22

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Paul Skerritt Band - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
John Harle and Steve Lodder - Royal Grammar School, Eskdale Tce., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4DX. 7pm. £20 & £10. 60th birthday tour for RGS alumnus Harl.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £4.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, April 07, 2014

GIJF – Day Two. Marius Neset & Daniel Herskedal. April 5.

Marius Neset (tenor & soprano saxophones) & Daniel Herskedal (tuba)
(Review by Russell).
Two years ago Marius Neset was the hot ticket at the Gateshead International Jazz Festival. The Norwegian’s performance that day polarised opinion – unreservedly brilliant (the audience response ecstatic), others unmoved. At this year’s festival at Sage Gateshead Neset returned to work with tuba player Daniel Herskedal. The duo opened the show for the Spring Quartet.
Two figures on the vast stage in Hall One – Herskedal obscured from view behind a gleaming coil of brass plumbing – focused the attention. Neset, lean, agile, revealed another side to his playing. The firebrand of two years ago now subdued, the context very different; rhythm section absent, a vulnerable musical partner alongside. The opening number, a gentle Norwegian folk song, heard Neset fleet of finger on tenor, mindful of melody, conscious of Herskedal’s feather weight sound. The duo’s original compositions (Neset switching between tenor and soprano) were heard, so too other Nordic melodies and a folk tune from another continent – from the African jazz great Abdullah Ibrahim. Post performance opinion divided. Praise for Herskedal universal, Neset an acquired taste. The reeds man seemingly cannot win – firebrand showman or the considered filigree statement – that’s jazz. Neset’s Hall One appearance is sure to have won him a host of new fans, his duo with Herskedal sure to be an enduring partnership. Next time, which Neset will turn up? We shall see.      
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.
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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