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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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Archives.

Today Sunday March 26

Afternoon.
Ralph Keeley (solo piano) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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The Blitz Sisters - The Exchange, Howard St., North Shields NE30 1SE. 1pm. £20 inc. Afternoon tea.
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More Jam - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Open jam session. Free.
Evening
Dougie Pugh Quartet - Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm. £5.

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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 30, 2014

CD Review: Dylan Howe – Subterranean New Designs on Bowie’s Berlin

Dylan Howe (drums), Mark Hodgson (double bass), Ross Stanley (piano & synths), Brandon Allen (tenor saxophone), Julian Siegal (tenor saxophone) + Nick Pini (double bass), Adrian Utley (guitar) & Steve Howe (koto)
(Review by Russell).
Subterranean is drummer Dylan Howe’s take on David Bowie’s Berlin trilogy (Station to Station, Low and Heroes). In the mid seventies the Thin White Duke relocated from Mars to Berlin and in so doing ‘reinvented’ himself. The kitsch glam look ditched in favour of the Armani suit, Mr Jones at a stroke alienated long-time fans who didn’t get soul. A few years on, Tin Machine was, for some, the final straw.
Howe’s band (plus guests on several tracks) is comprised of bona fide jazz players and the playing is exemplary. Is the material of interest to the ‘jazz’ listener? At times it is. Tracks three and seven should be heard. All Saints opens with bassist Mark Hodgson, Howe fizzes in top gear, Brandon Allen solos on Ross Stanley’s swing time feel and the pianist himself flies. The beginning of Warszawa hints at a requiem before developing into a Coltrane-like sermon delivered by Julian Siegal.
Subterranean’s filmic sweep with its ‘ambient’ soundscape (the CD cover photography – Alexanderplatz station, descending underground escalator, railway carriages – suggests a travelogue) is certain to appeal to some. Will Spiders from Mars get it? The jazz listener should take something from it. Dylan Howe’s Subterranean New Designs on Bowie’s Berlin is released on July 7 on Motorik Recordings (MR1004). Howe tours the CD in September with a different line-up (Ross Stanley tours) and a specially made film will be projected during the concert.    
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.
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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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