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Bebop Spoken There

Ernie Wilkins: “If you don't look at the liner notes, you don't know who in the hell it is. Everybody sounds alike, that same million-note approach. Faceless.” – (Crescendo November 1975).

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Ben Williams: “A lot of jazz today has developed this allergy to simplicity. ‘If it’s simple, that means it’s not hip’ is a theme. But sometimes the simplest thing you can do is the hippest thing you can do.” – (Down Beat August 2015).

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Archives.

Today Wednesday March 22

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Paul Skerritt Band - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
John Harle and Steve Lodder - Royal Grammar School, Eskdale Tce., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4DX. 7pm. £20 & £10. 60th birthday tour for RGS alumnus Harl.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £4.
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Tuesday, June 03, 2014

CD Review: Rich Halley 4 - The Wisdom of Rocks.

Rich Halley (tenor); Michael Vlatkovich (trombone); Clyde Reed (bass); Carson Halley (drums).
(Review by Lance).
Bill Meyer wrote in Down Beat that Rich Halley's music occupies the point where populism and freedom come together. An astute observation that I can't fault. Certainly there is freedom-a-plenty, harmonics on harmonics from the tenor, bravura trombone passages that encompass everything from Kid Ory to Roswell Rudd and beyond without reaching the point where it jars on well-tempered ears.
On drums, Carson Halley, Rich Halley's son,  and bassist Reed more than compensate for the absence of keyboards or frets giving the frontliners all the support they need as well as having their own moments in the sun
Based in Portland Oregon, leader Halley has 16 albums to his credit. He also wrote, or had a hand, in all twelve original compositions on The Wisdom of Rocks, the title of which refers to the imprint of events over the long years of rocks' existence - longer than mankind!.
There are bebop based themes as well as more reflective moments all of which combine to make this a disc for all seasons. Only the most died in the wood traditionalists or the fire (in a petshop) brigade could fail to find this amalgam of genre to their taste.
Pianoless quartets aren't new - I still have a soft spot for the Gerry Mulligan Quartet - but this one moves in a different direction. I guess if Gerry's quartet (the one with Brookmeyer) had been born 50 years later they may well have been working the same side of the street as the Rich Halley 4.
Rich Halley 4 - The Wisdom of Rocks is available on Pine Eagle Records or www.richhalley.com.
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.
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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