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Bebop Spoken There

Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Steve Voce: “Most of us have been crashed into by cretins who walk along the road absorbed in the screens of their mobile phones.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Today Wednesday May 24

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

Monday, October 27, 2014

Samadhi @ The Bridge Hotel. October 26

Krzysztof Urbanski (tenor & soprano saxophones), Dominic J Marshall (keyboards), Nick Jurd (double bass), Sam Gardner (drums) & Sam Bell (percussion)
(Review by Russell/photo courtesy of Ken Drew).
London-based Sam Gardner (the man has relocated from the Leeds Hothouse to the easy-to-crack jazz scene in the Smoke!) made a welcome return to Splinter @ The Bridge with Samadhi, his youthful quintet. Remarkably, Dominic J Marshall (keyboards, baseball cap and prodigious talent) and bassist Nick Jurd (the look of a lower sixth former, the twenty-something trans-Atlantic tour veteran), recent BMus graduates both, have tour itineraries stretching into 2015 and beyond.
Samadhi is Gardner’s personal project seeking to play without ego (Buddhist philosophy a current preoccupation). So, what to make of his compositions? The Doctrine of Mutual Independence, an expansive piece, opened the set with Krzysztof Urbanski on soprano as Marshall developed the first of several solos; harmonically complex, fluent ideas, devoid of  the current vogue for tedious, repetitive motifs. Subutai heard Urbanski touching base with Coltrane and the post-Coltrane Wayne Shorter. The third and closing number of the first set – Deminos  - featured more invigorating piano as reeds sat out (Urbanski sat and listened, no detached indifference).
The second set offered more of the same with one marked difference - Gardner presented several numbers without comment, without pause. The percussion axis (Gardner and Sam Bell) constructed patterns based upon Eastern philosophical thought (numbers, no.5 as an example, are of interest to the bandleader) with Gardner indicating cues (the boys weren’t in need of such instruction as they were on top of matters!) and smiling contentedly.
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.
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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