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Dewey Redman: "When Trane came to Bop City in San Francisco and told me he liked the way I played, I stayed high off that forever." - (Downbeat June 1980.)

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Nick Brignola: “I got to talk to John Coltrane before he was John Coltrane!” – (Jazz Journal April 1991)

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Today Tuesday January 17

Afternoon.
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Evening.
Jam Session - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free. Sitters-in welcome.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Yes Mo Blues - Mo Scott Blues Band @ Jazz Café October 3.

Mo Scott (vcl); Garry Dunn (gtr); Deon Krishnan (bs gtr); Paul Smith (dms).
(Review by Lance/photo, video footage by Mary B).
The material was familiar yet sounded as fresh as if it were the first time round. Mo may not look the archetypal blues mama but when she starts hollering you know the sound and the feeling coming out of that diminutive frame is the real deal! If variety is the spice of life then tonight The Caff was a blues/rock delicatessen. Son House, Sonny Boy, Big Mama, Stevie Ray, Ray Charles, Chuck and many more provided the piquancy that filled the air. Was this Detroit, Chicago, Dallas, Memphis or New Orleans? No, it was Newcastle. Outside, on Forth Lane, a reveller danced to the music as if it were New Years Eve. Come to think of it - every Friday night in Newcastle is New Years Eve!
The band had a few deps tonight which didn't detract one iota from the finished product. Deon Krishnan looked like a middleweight contender but once he unleashed the six string bass guitar he was up there with the heavyweights. The analogy is apt as, back in the 1920s, the pub across the alley was once managed by former world heavyweight champion Tommy Burns - there should be a blue plaque outside.
There should also be four blue plaques outside The Caff after tonight!.
Gary Dunn could be mistaken for a bank clerk or a junior doctor. He ain't, he's a northern guitar legend, a Prince of Plectra, he rocks and rocks good.
Paul Smith is one of the punchiest drummers around - jazz, blues, rock, big band - whatever the groove, with PS in the driving seat you'll get there in the end.
From the above you'll gather that this was one mind-blowing, blues-busting, night - if you doubt me check out the YT clip of Yellow Moon.
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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