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Bebop Spoken There

Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Steve Voce: “Most of us have been crashed into by cretins who walk along the road absorbed in the screens of their mobile phones.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Today Wednesday May 24

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.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £5.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Michelson Morley @ The Jazz Café. April 29

 Jake McMurchie (tenor & soprano saxophones, electronics), Will Harris (double bass), Mark Whitlam (drums, electronics) & Dan Messore (guitar)
(Review by Russell/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew).
The Jazz Café’s upstairs performance space hosted Jazz North East’s monthly Schmazz night. Michelson Morley made the journey from Bristol for this, their first date of a nationwide tour. Band leader Jake McMurchie brought with him the just released CD - Aether Drift - which was to prove a popular purchase on the night.

The title track (Aether Drift) opened the show. McMurchie played tenor utilising electronics through an array of pedals. Ad hoc band member Dan Messore (guitar) contributed Damp Squib (the tune anything but) and being his tune, he took a solo! Playing a wide-bodied Hofner he knew his way around the fretboard alright. Solo statements developed out of ethereal soundscapes, McMurchie on tenor or soprano, Messore (guitar). Bassist Will Harris worked a repetitive, minimalist seam (swing at a premium), occasionally surfacing to demonstrate his not inconsiderable chops.
Some of McMurchie’s tunes took as their inspiration an interest in things scientific, some simply had humourous titles - Fringe Shift (think receding hairline) and Rice Rage (think culinary disaster). Fringe Shift shifted through the gears, one of the tunes of the night, McMurchie on tenor, bass and drums taking solos. The other highlight, the closing number of the night - Rice Rage - heard Messore in full flight, so too McMurchie.       
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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