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Bebop Spoken There

Jackie McLean: “I can't understand British audiences. In Britain there doesn't seem to be any curiosity." (Melody Maker, April 1, 1961).

Charles Mingus: "It seems to me that if our records were not issued in Britain, the British cats would have to think for themselves" (Jazz News, July 26th 1961)

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Today Saturday July 22

Afternoon
SummerTyne Americana Festival 2017 - Sage Gateshead. Day two of three. Details. From 12 noon all day.
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Evening
Steve Glendinning (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
The Hookahs - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Big Chris Barber Band - Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. £21.50/£20.50.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

CD Review: Rik Wright’s Fundamental Forces – Blue


Rik Wright (guitar); James DeJoie (alto sax /bs clt/ clt / fl); Geoff Harper (bs); Greg Campbell ( dms).
(Review by Steve H).
Rik Wright cites his guitar influences as the 3 J’s - Jim Hall, Jeff Beck and John Abercrombie although it is the 3 M’s - Monk, Miles and Mingus who are his compositional influences.
Each of Wright’s tunes have a very melodic catchy  feel. DeJoie features on different reed instruments throughout. On the opening number Mood Ring, he plays clarinet then he follows this with an Alto solo on The Butterfly Effect whilst on Nonchalant he features on Bass Clarinet. On Parting Ways he plays a flute intro with an almost Japanese feel to it. Meanwhile, Wright’s  guitar complements the reeds  with crisp gentle chords with the  bass and drums working steadily away. The final track Miss Thing  takes it out a bit more with a rasping alto solo from DeJoie and an almost Pink Floyd style heavy rock guitar solo from Wright.
Personally, I would give this album 3 S’s Safe Solid and Soothing.
Details.
Steve H.

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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.
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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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