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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 Tuesday March 28

Jonathan Silk's Fragment Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £10/£8. JNE/Schmazz gig.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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Northern Monkey Brass Band - The Fox, West End Tce., Hexham NE46 3DB. 9pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, June 09, 2014

Beck Hunters @ The Bridge Hotel June 8

Mick Beck (tenor sax, bassoon, whistles); Anton Hunter (guitar); Johnny Hunter (drums).
(Review by Steve H/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew.)
Mick Beck accompanied by the fabulous Hunter brothers, Anton on guitar and Johnny on drums, gave a very challenging performance of improvised free jazz in this JNE "On the Outside" gig at the Bridge Hotel  in front of  a more than reasonable sized and mainly bearded audience.
Beck started the night on bassoon accompanied by Anton using a slide on the neck of the guitar to provide scratchy type noises whilst Johnny assisted with a variety of percussive effects. The number was punctuated with assorted whistles emanating from Beck. 
For the second  number  Beck  picked up his tenor saxophone and blew up a storm.  Anton provided an echoing  wall of  guitar background as the band  began to move through the gears reaching a magnificent crash bang wallop crescendo  of maximum intensity. At the conclusion of this piece Beck informed the audience that this was the end of the first set  but not to worry  a  CD was available to purchase should anyone wish be able to  listen  to the  identical tunes again!
The second set began with an inspired swannee whistle solo (this was the instrument responsible for the voices of the children’s TV programme The Clangers). The guitar and the tenor then seemed to be massaged by their respective players to produce some extraordinary sounds. Once again the band picked it up with ferocious power producing an apocalyptic storm with the addition of recorder, assorted whistles and chanting from Beck. The final piece of the night saw Beck back on bassoon and this piece was a gentler affair than what had gone before, in fact the recorder solo had a distinct classical Japanese feel to it. After a seemingly everlasting note on the recorder a single toot on a football referee’s whistle signified full time and brought  this gig to a sudden and  triumphant conclusion.
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.
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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