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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.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Leash @ The Jazz Café. June 28

Mark Williams (guitar), Andy Champion (double bass) & Adrian Tilbrook (drums)
(Review by Russell/Photo courtesy of Mike Tilley)
One third Mark Williams Trio, one quarter Full Circle, three fifths ACV. Who would be taking who for a walk? Who’d be let off the leash? Would they be brought to heel? The Jazz Café did good business this Saturday night with those in the know, the curious and the unsuspecting. Most canines were on their best behaviour (save for one unruly bitch yapping incessantly in the corner).
Much of the material was familiar with a couple of originals handed out as treats to the largely well behaved gathering. St Thomas opened the show; with the thoroughbred trio taking a good look at Rollins’ signature number, Williams straining at the leash, ears pricked, slobbering over a pedal board. Bemsha Swing or, if you will, Bensham Swing (for the non-Tyneside resident Bensham is a suburb of Gateshead) let loose Williams in Saltwell Park (Bensham’s splendid Victorian park). With that look in his eye, the man from the Emerald Isle ran amok; he chased pigeons, worried the ducks, trampled across the flowerbeds and ran round and round Saltwell Towers chasing his tail. Woof! Woof! said Andy Champion. Adrian Tilbrook took a chance and let the bassist go charging after the out of sight Williams. Eventually the AWOL pair returned, tails wagging, to Master Tilbrook.
Oscar’s Mood (comp. Williams) once more featured the composer and Champion with a brace of stunning solos. Alfie’s Theme emerged as Champion slowly unfurled the melody. Williams added a trademark dark blues feel, Tilbrook the whipper-in. John Scofield is a constant in Williams’ guitar lexicon and the first set concluded with Stranger to the Light (Tilbrook all over the kit on this one).
A few late arrivals (one looking remarkably sprightly after a day trip to a brewery), a re-shuffle of the prime seats and things were set fair for the second set. The first set started with Sonny Rollins so why not start the second with Wayne Shorter? Yes or No? was the tune, Williams begged for a solo and once again  ran away with it. Champion introduced ‘a little thing’ – Book of Doubts – which, part of a suite, incorporated a blast from the past referencing fusion-era Full Circle. Tilbrook, a FC founding member, went to town on this one and in so doing put the yapping bitch in the doghouse. Cymbals, snare and hi-hat, the temptation to smack a paw on the oh-so-close noisy one must have been oh-so tempting! The audience got it, the doghouse one didn’t, remaining (blissfully?) oblivious. To slightly misquote Ronnie Scott: Are we playing too loudly for you, madam?
Broadway Blues did justice to Ornette Coleman. Big, big solos on this one. Scofield’s ballad Let’s Say We Did held the attention and the Crufts’ contenders went out on Eddie Harris’ Freedom Jazz Dance. The audience called for more but the Leash trio had no more to give. They retired to the bar for a well-earned drink of water.                   
Russell.

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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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