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Bebop Spoken There

Mundell Lowe: “...we also had to play for a floor show, which consisted of girls dancing--some of 'em were dressed, some of 'em were not so dressed.” – (Crescendo September 1974).

Brew Moore: "I played so many strip joints I was 21 before I saw a naked woman from the front." - (Downbeat July 24, 1969).

Number 24

Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 24 (-2) in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Today Saturday June 24

Afternoon
Tyne Valley Big Band - Haydon Bridge Festival, Low Hall Park, Haydon Bridge NE47 6AE. £10. TVBB on at 5:15pm.
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Northern Monkey Brass Band - Orange Pip Market, Baker St., Middlesbrough. 5:15pm.
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Evening
Alan Law (solo piano) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE22 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Koan 5, Renewal - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:45pm. £5 (£4 conc.).
Miles of Barbed Wire - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Revolutionaires + Jay Burt -Amphitheatre, Sea Rd., South Shields NE33 2LD. 7pm. Free.
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Nick Ross Orchestra - Consett Empire, Front St., Consett. 7:30pm.
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No Time For Jive - The Tannery, Gilesgate, Hexham NE46 3QD. 8pm. Free.
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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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