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Bebop Spoken There

Ernie Wilkins: “If you don't look at the liner notes, you don't know who in the hell it is. Everybody sounds alike, that same million-note approach. Faceless.” – (Crescendo November 1975).

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Ben Williams: “A lot of jazz today has developed this allergy to simplicity. ‘If it’s simple, that means it’s not hip’ is a theme. But sometimes the simplest thing you can do is the hippest thing you can do.” – (Down Beat August 2015).

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Archives.

Today Wednesday March 22

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.
Paul Skerritt Band - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
John Harle and Steve Lodder - Royal Grammar School, Eskdale Tce., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4DX. 7pm. £20 & £10. 60th birthday tour for RGS alumnus Harl.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £4.
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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 10, 2014

The DB Jazz Project - Bridge Hotel October 9

David Keighley (saxes); Thomas MacMillan (gtr); Adrian Sander (bs gtr); Ben Grant (dms).
(Review by Lance).
It was good to see a crowded room of predominantly young people for this launching of DB Jazz Project - a new band albeit one with a few gigs under its belt already.
No shortage of technique amongst the quartet - enhanced (or otherwise) as it was by a distracting screen projection and some electronic sorcery - Keighley can certainly blow tenor and MacMillan knows his way around the fretboard. Likewise drums and bass put the boot in making for an explosive start. The influences were many and the material varied. Coltrane, Brecker - even Snake Davis - all provided the ammunition either directly or by suggestion.
The delays used on Isabel made for a cosmical sound (the 's' is optional) that took us to a far off land where few jazz orientated bands return from. The sound was as kaleidoscopical as the changing patterns on the screen and I was tempted to check the parking lot for a UFO berthed alongside a Honda Jazz 1.4.
Karma (Calmer?) Blue brought us back down to earth. A quirky, yet logical, head made this the most accessible number so far and, at this point, I unfortunately had to leave.
My intention was to catch the last set by The Collective at Hoochie but, it was cold and drizzling and the 27 bus was approaching so valour gave way to discretion and I took an early bath.
Apologies to both bands but deffo check out the DBJP at a venue near you - you won't regret it.
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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