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Bebop Spoken There

Ben Pollack: "The kind of people who go for the old style New Orleans jazz are the same kind of people who go in for collecting antiques." - (Down Beat May 5, 1950).

Flip Phillips: "I heard this band out in California. I think - Lu Waters, isn't it? They sure can march down the street but I wouldn't want to march with them!" - (Down Beat June 15, 1951).

Today Sunday June 25

Afternoon.
Joel Byrne McCullough (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Mitch Laddie Band - Tyne Bar, Maling St., Newcastle. 3pm. Free.
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.
Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.
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Tyne Valley Big Band - Herding Hill Farm, Shield Hill, Haltwhistle NE49 9NW. 2pm. Support from Tyne Valley Youth Jazz Ensemble. 01434 320175.
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Evening
Jake Steels Quintet - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm.
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Hokum Hotshots-- Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. 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 16, 2014

CD Review: Paper Birds - Rallidae

Scott Colberg (bass, voice); Alex Samaris (voice); Angela Morris (tenor sax, voice, composer)
(Review by Ann Alex).
A 4-track debut EP by  Brooklyn-based jazz trio Paper Birds.  Music and words are by Ms Morris apart from the lyric on track one (by poet Johanna Skibsrud).  Lovers of free jazz may well enjoy this, as may do adventurous jazz fans who like strong effective lyrics.  It’s good to hear free jazz with words.  Track one reminded me of performances by The Incredible String Band, cult folk band of the 1960’s, and track three had shades of West Side Story. But really this sort of music has to be heard to be appreciated properly.
The singers perform in high light voices to portray the paper birds of track 1, to effective sax and bass interventions.  The tracks pass seamlessly one to another, and track 2 opens with a shimmering sax of many tones, then scales, and the lyric of a love song, ‘every hair on your head is prettier than you know’, followed by a jazz scat male voice in a sort of question and answer with the sax.  Tracks 3 and 4 ‘smells like paint’ and ‘long time’ sound a bit more like structured songs.  Track 3 is about a man drunk in a bar, with amusing fast sax between the ‘verses’; track 4 is a meaningful song about things that happen slowly, such as a ‘heart that takes a long time to love’, with music from the bass. But the instrumentation is far more interesting than I’ve made it sound.  As described on the information sheet ‘in contrast to a solo-centric jazz aesthetic, are largely ensemble constructions whose individual facets emerge into focus amid the shimmering group textures.
Ann Alex.
Released in April from rallidae.bandcamp.com  Also via i-tunes etc.

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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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