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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 Tuesday June 27

Evening
CANCELLED! Atlas - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:15pm. £10/£8 (conc.). JNE 'Women Make Music'.
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Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
Maine Street Jazzmen - British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

CD Review: Ken Thomson and Slow/Fast - Settle.

Ken Thomson (alt/bs.clt.); Russ Johnson (tpt); Nir Felder (gtr0; Adam Armstrong (bs); Fred Kennedy (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Settle arrived on the doormat along with a zillion other CDs and missed the cut. However, I've eventually caught up with it (the other zillion -1 will have to wait awhile longer). I'm glad I did get around to listening to it - I think! It's certainly an unusual disc and almost impossible to pigeon-hole - or to put in any hole!
Imagine you turn up for a blind date with a girl who's not a stunning beauty. You maybe go for a drink or a coffee whilst at the same time trying to think up an excuse to escape.
However, you talk, the conversation flows. She may be a dog but she's an intelligent one. She smiles at one of your jokes - her mouth may be weak and her figure less than Greek - but you like her sense of humour and you're no longer looking for the exit and she's been transformed from a dog to a cuddly kitten.
The evening draws to a close and, as you share a goodnight kiss, you say "Will I see you again?" and she replies "I do a mean breakfast."
From the above you'll gather that Settle didn't hit me with a full frontal acceptance but, like anything worth having, built up from early reservations  to an appreciative understanding of the whole and one that incorporates many facets of today's jazz.
There's dissonance, but it doesn't jar. Abstract moments that are a sort of reflective beauty.
Through it all Thomson's compositions guide the way and all five musicians contribute equally both as soloists and in contrapuntal passages that are almost like a Bach fugue.
Thomson may be the best jazz bass clarinettist I've heard.
Well worth checking out.
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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