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Bebop Spoken There

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.

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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