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Bebop Spoken There

John Tynan: "Go ahead, call me reactionary. I happen to object to the musical nonsense being peddled in the name of jazz by John Coltrane and his acolyte Eric Dolphy." - (Downbeat November 22, 1961).

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McCoy Tyner: "If anyone want to know how the three of us - Elvin, Jimmy and me - felt about John [Coltrane], listen to the music and you can hear the love and respect we had for each other. The music can really speak more than any of us." - (Melody Maker, August 19, 1967).
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Today Tuesday April 25

Evening
Playtime Collective w. Martin Kershaw (alto); Graeme Stephen (guitar); Mario Caribe (bass); Tom Bancroft (drums). - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £10/£8 (conc.). JNE/Schmazz.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave. Newcastle NE2 3EX. £5. 8:30pm.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
Lickety Split - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham. 9:00pm. Free (bucket collection).
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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

Debra Milne's Summer Latin Jazz @ Hoochie Coochie June 15


Debra Milne (vcl); Steve Summers (saxes/perc); Alan Law (pno); Steve Glendinning (gtr); Paul Grainger (bs); Tim Johnston (dms) + Paola Torres (vcl).
(Review by Lance).
The big screen back of the stage wasn't showing football which perhaps explains why Newcastle's Swiss and Ecuadorian population were absent although the room was not without an international presence of which more later.
I settled in my favourite seat with a glass of London Pride - described in the Hoochie Drinks Manual as A favourite with Jazz Critics! and prepared to enjoy an afternoon of Summer Latin Jazz.
And enjoy it I did - the Gnomes of Zurich will never know what they missed!
Debra had chosen wisely for this expanded ensemble and it would be difficult to field a better side. Maybe it was the World Cup coverage that had infused the feeling but the casual passer by would have sworn that these guys were natives of Brazil as they dealt out the bossa, samba, rumba rhythms etc behind Senorita Milne who looked the part in a multi-coloured, backless frock with an orchid in her hair - olay!
The material was, by and large, not part of Debra's regular set list but, apart from the occasional glitch, you'd never have guessed it. The unison voice, sax and guitar passages on Spain were astounding! Portugul too was represented in the form of one Paolo Torres who sang in Portuguese what translated as This Girl is so Different. Paolo, a long-time north east resident who speaks better English than I do Portuguese, deserved more than one song - look forward to hearing him again sometime.
I don't think I've heard Debra in better voice, the two Steve's scintillated, not surprisingly Alan Law impressed - his presence is not unknown in local Latin circles - whilst Grainger and Johnston (without an e) kept it all together.
Note to Debra - must do this again soon!
Lance. 
Footnote: Reading Elmore Leonard's Killshot as I rode the number 27 I noted one of the characters making reference to "Going downtown to hear Lonnie Liston Smith at the Pontchartrain Hotel." Well folks, if you want to hear Lonnie Liston Smith you needn't travel to Detroit - he's appearing at Hoochie on June 26 and it's only a tenner!

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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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