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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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Friday, November 21, 2014

Benn Clatworthy Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle.


Benn Clatworthy (ten); Cecilia Coleman (pno); Simon Thorpe (bs); Matt Home (dms).
(Review by Lance).
They were skating in Times Square [Newcastle version] but I had no time to stop and watch. The Globe beckoned and I knew that the combination of two of Britain's finest on bass and drums, coupled with an American pianist and an Anglo-American tenor player, meant that seats would be at a premium in the compact, yet cosy, Jazz Co-op venue. Earlier, I'd passed Fenwicks department store and the queue just to look in the window was a mile long. Optimist that I am, I envisaged just such an eager throng clamouring to get into The Globe.
I was wrong - sadly I was very wrong.
Truth is I was first there and when the quartet hit the deck with Frank's [Strozier] Tune there weren't that many more bums on seats - maybe they were still skating or saving themselves for Lady Gaga coming to the nearby Arena.
Still, I was there and you weren't so the bragging rights are mine - nah na na na nah!
Clatworthy, whose cv includes stints with Horace Silver, Lionel Hampton, Cedar Walton and many other names, alternates between London and LA and does the same stylistically. Ronnie Scott and Tubby Hayes from Dean St, Zoot Sims and John Coltrane from Sunset. Straight down the middle tenor playing with the occasional glance at the outside but not enough to cause pain.
The Beatles' Here There and Everywhere was mesmerising, not least because of Coleman's fine piano solo. Ms Coleman also has an impressive background across the pond, frequently leading and recording with her big band.
Limehouse Blues - dedicated to the saxophonist's grandmother [acting legend Gertrude Lawrence] - was an out and out swinger with Thorpe and Home driving it all the way.
The above were just some of the tunes before I stopped taking notes and, instead, just wallowed in the sound. Debra M muttered "Gig of the Year?" When they played Street of Dreams - I couldn't do anything but nod in agreement.
The final Body and Soul was a fitting epitaph - if only there'd been more bodies in the audience.
WAKE UP NEWCASTLE!
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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