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Bebop Spoken There

Jim Hall: "Won't play loud, can't play fast" - (From one of the great guitarist's business cards brought to our attention by Roly Veitch).

Joel Harrison: “It’s incredibly hard to play bebop on guitar, harder than on saxophone.” – (Jazz Times August 2015)

Today Wednesday June 28

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.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café. 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £5/Students free - voluntary donation.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
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Monday, November 17, 2014

CD Review: Jeremy Platt Jazz Soul Moment - Sometimes Saying Your Name.

Jeremy Platt (piano/microkorg/vocal); Frank Felix (bass); John Boulton (drums).
(Review by Lance).
Platt's professed influences are Les McCann and Ramsey Lewis. I would be tempted to maybe add Mose Allison and early Georgie Fame, particularly on the vocal tracks.  Reminiscent of the earthy piano styles that found success in the 1960's, but updated with the measured incorporation of some synth lines, this is an easy album to listen to, by which I don't mean "Easy Listening," but a disc that doesn't require a degree in extra sensory perception to discover the elusive beauty of the music.

It's all here - totally upfront. All the listener has to do is enjoy the delicacy of the ballads and the foot tapping grooves on the funkier pieces.
The vocals verge on the falsetto (blurb quotes Curtis Mayfield) and they have an almost winsome appeal.
Electric bass and drums gel on this analogue recording achieving the spontaneous feel the musicians sought when they opted to take the direct route.
Jeremy Platt Jazz Soul Moment - Sometimes Saying Your Name will be released on November 24 by Without Understanding.
They can also be heard at The Globe - the Jazz Co-op HQ - Railway St., Newcastle on December 13.
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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