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Claire Martin: "People think that it's the Americans that swing the hardest - I think us Europeans give them a fair run for their money." (Jazzwise March 2019).

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Today Friday February 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening.

Hand to Mouth - The Vault, Hallgarth St., Hexham NE46 1XD. Tel: 01434 603884. 7:30pm. £12.00.

Not Now Charlie + Tom Dixon Quartet - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Tel: 0191 232 6400. CD (EP) launch.

Swing Manouche w. Daniel John Martin - The Rabbit Hole, 17 Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. Tel0191 386 5556. 7pm. Book in advance.

Blues

No Time For Jive - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

Revolutionaires - Brandling Villa, Haddricks Mill Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 1QL. Tel: 0191 284 0490. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

CD Review: Keith Jarrett & Charlie Haden - Last Dance.

Keith Jarrett (piano); Charlie Haden (bass).
(Review by Lance).
An absolute gem! There are many facets to Keith Jarrett's playing and at times he exceeds my jazz parameters which I admit isn't difficult. However, on this ECM duo set he hits the spot like a cup of black coffee on the morning after the night before. Laid back, reflective, he explores the possibilities offered by nine of the best melodies from the bible that is the Great American Song Book. A natural follow up to their previous coupling Jasmine released in 2010.
Many jazz instrumentalists have said they like to know the words as well as the chords and the melody and, although I don't recall Jarrett himself saying as much, the emotion he projects suggest that he too adopts that maxim.
My Old Flame, My Ship, 'Round Midnight, Bud Powell's Dance of the Infidels, It Might As Well Be Spring, Everything Happens To Me, Where Can I Go Without You? Every Time We Say Goodbye and Goodbye. A list to salivate over.  With the exception of Infidels where he flashes the dexterity (Bud Powell would have expected no less!), the pianist is relatively restrained, not flaunting it but treating the melody with respect before restructuring it whilst, at the same time, discovering new harmonies taking the already near perfect sequence to a new dimension.
Of course this isn't a one man show but a true meeting of equals who complement and support each other. Haden's choice of notes are sublime, blending with Jarrett's like the tonic does to the gin. The bassist sums up their musical relationship. "Keith really listens, and I listen. That's the secret. It's about listening."
Last Dance? I hope not!
Keith Jarrett & Charlie Haden - Last Dance is released on June 16. ECM 3780524.
Lance.

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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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