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Bebop Spoken There

Jackie McLean: “I can't understand British audiences. In Britain there doesn't seem to be any curiosity." (Melody Maker, April 1, 1961).

Charles Mingus: "It seems to me that if our records were not issued in Britain, the British cats would have to think for themselves" (Jazz News, July 26th 1961)

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Today Wednesday July 26

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.
Jo Harrop & Joel Byrne McCullough - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge. 7:30pm. 0191 2399924
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Pilgrim St. Set @ Hoochie Coochie. October 16

Richard Burns (tpt); Gary Turner (ten); Paul Edis (pno); Paul Susans (bs gtr); Rob Walker (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Regular sessions whether they be weekly or, in this case, monthly are inevitably variable. Sometimes they [any band] blow your socks off whilst at other times they can appear blasé.
Nothing blasé about tonight - socks had to be retrieved before leaving.
In a word - awesome!
Perhaps it was the input of new material, the balance, or the time of the month but each and everyone hit the deck running.
The new stuff included items by Burns, Edis and Turner as well as tried and tested standards from Ornette (no he ain't dead Richard), Horace Silver and others.
Edis, Susans and Walker - Triptych in a parallel universe - were absolutely rock solid and the bass guitarist produced an outstanding solo on, I think, the Ornette number. Possibly inspired by the presence of Andy Champion in the audience!
Out front, Turner dished out the sheets of sound - Coltrane meets Rollins - and Richard burned ferociously on open horn and with great sensitivity à la Miles when muted. His Aussie sense of humour also came across.
This was a night!
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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