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Bebop Spoken There

Jim Hall: "Won't play loud, can't play fast" - (From one of the great guitarist's business cards brought to our attention by Roly Veitch).

Joel Harrison: “It’s incredibly hard to play bebop on guitar, harder than on saxophone.” – (Jazz Times August 2015)

Sir Thomas Beecham: "Forget about the bars. Look at the phrases, please. Remember that bars are only the boxes in which the music is packed" - (Beecham Stories by Harold Atkins & Archie Newman. Robson Books, 1978).

Today Wednesday June 28

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.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café. 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £5/Students free - voluntary donation.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

CD Review: Jochen Rueckert - We Make the rules

Mark Turner (ten); Lage Lund (gtr); Matt Penman (bs); Jochen Rueckert (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Multifaceted German drummer Rueckert not only "makes the rules" but is also known for his work in electronic music using the alias of Wolff Parkinson White. He also has a long running book series - Read the Rueckert about travel observations and pictures of hotel rooms. Well, we did say multifaceted!
Fortunately, the Wolff is kept from the [hotel] door on this album and it has to be said that the musical rules as demonstrated here have already been etched in stone - possibly in 10BC (before Coltrane) or maybe 5AD (after Dolphy) - and the world is none the worse for that.
The end result is a product that isn't going to change the jazz world (thank God!) but perhaps point out to those that would try to change for the sake of change just how immense the challenge is!
This is music that's contemporary - in the best sense of the word. The guys play with a technique that isn't misused, a technique that stays true to tradition (to quote friend Ron - rhythm, melody & harmony) yet still reaches out to the unknown. 
Rueckert composed all 9 tracks - inspired, he says, by his life's experiences. I can but say that those experiences must have encompassed many nights of beauty and excitement and perhaps a little tragedy during which time he also became one helluva drummer.
Fellow traveller on this journey, Mark Turner, projects the drummer's experiences as if they were his own and, having toured together for several years,  the saxist, guitarist and bassist, provide willing cannon fodder for the drummers music - built as it was around each player.
Another good release from Whirlwind (WR4658 available Monday October 13).
Launch today (Thursday October 9 at Pizza Express, Soho.).
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. Wolf Parkinson White - interesting choice of name!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolff-Parkinson-White_syndrome

    ReplyDelete

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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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