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Howlin' Wolf: “He [Charlie Patton] was a nice guy, but he just loved the bottle--like all the rest of the musicians. He was a great drinker.” – (DownBeat December 16, 1967).

Frank Zappa: “Those kids [US students] wouldn't know music if it came up and bit 'em on the ass.” – (DownBeat October 3, 1969).

Today Thursday April 26

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - No.1 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL12 7NJ. Tel: 01388 665533. 12:30pm. Free admission.

Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society - Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4LN. 5:00pm. Fortnightly meetings, all welcome.

Evening

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Millstone, Haddrick’s Mill Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 1QL. 0191 2853229. 7pm.

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free.

Bearpark Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £3 (£2 student/MU.).

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland (tpt); Donna Hewitt (sax); Graham Thompson (keys) - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

CD Review: Jacob Young - Forever Young

Jacob Young (gtrs); Trygve Seim (ten/sop); Marcin Wasilewski (pno); Slawomir Kurkiewicz (bs); Michal Miskiewicz (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Graceful, harmonically rich and rhythmically alert jazz is how the notes describe Forever Young and it sums up the album so well I could almost close without saying more. However, to do so would be a disservice to the Norwegian guitarist, fellow countryman Seim and the Polish rhythm section.
Young is the most tasteful of guitarists, whether on acoustic or electric always managing to find that lyrical phrase or voicing that eludes so many contemporary players. The fact that he also composed the pieces is of course to his advantage - you don't invent a game to get beat at it as the saying goes. Seim too can turn on the charm - no barnyard noises from Trygve but a sound that is pure satin albeit not without attitude.
The Wasilewski Trio are no mere rhythm section but an integral part of the music blending seamlessly with Young and Seim. Wasilewski's solos are up there with them, relaxed, exploring and so listenable. Young, as well as paying his dues on the New York scene some 20 years ago, also visited Brazil which greatly influenced both his playing and composing and is very much in evidence on the two opening tracks.
An album well worth checking out. If lyricism is your bag - they've got sackfuls of it.
Lance.
Jacob Young: Forever Young is available now on ECM 3768896.

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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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