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Bebop Spoken There

John Tynan: "Go ahead, call me reactionary. I happen to object to the musical nonsense being peddled in the name of jazz by John Coltrane and his acolyte Eric Dolphy." - (Downbeat November 22, 1961).

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McCoy Tyner: "If anyone want to know how the three of us - Elvin, Jimmy and me - felt about John [Coltrane], listen to the music and you can hear the love and respect we had for each other. The music can really speak more than any of us." - (Melody Maker, August 19, 1967).
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Today Tuesday April 25

Evening
Playtime Collective w. Martin Kershaw (alto); Graeme Stephen (guitar); Mario Caribe (bass); Tom Bancroft (drums). - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £10/£8 (conc.). JNE/Schmazz.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave. Newcastle NE2 3EX. £5. 8:30pm.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
Lickety Split - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham. 9:00pm. Free (bucket collection).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Matt Anderson & Jiannis Pavlidis @ The Jazz Café. December 6

Matt Anderson (tenor saxophone) & Jiannis Pavlidis (guitar)
(Review by Russell)
The Leeds-Newcastle connection brought tenor man Matt Anderson and Leeds College of Music guitar tutor Jiannis Pavlidis to the Jazz Café on another Toon Party City night. Santa hats (flashing lights variety) and Toon shirts (Toon 2 Chelsea 1) paraded down the street, choosing to give the jazz a miss (another pint or six, a kebab and a mad scramble in the marshalled taxi queue the preferred option).
Anderson and Pavlidis arrived in time after a somewhat fraught journey. Their set-up a minimal affair, things started on time. Take the Coltrane built up a head of steam; Matt stoking a blues furnace, Jiannis spraying white hot chords into the night. The Leeds duo, a genuine working partnership of three or four years standing, are working on an album of standards (soon to be available as a download) inspired by the likes of Sonny Rollins and Jim Hall. All the Things You Are encapsulated what they’re about; due respect for a classic tune, inventive, conversational lines, ego handed in at the door of the GASbook. Alone Together (almost, they were in select company) dazzled in restraint; Joe Pass, up there in the Jazz Club in the Sky, surely approved of Jiannis’ tasteful playing, chords, a single-line idea, another chord cluster, Matt, off mic (there wasn’t one), signposting the melody.
The Caff’s Saturday crowd largely ignored the fine music - chatter, chatter, then ape-like, applauding something they hadn’t really heard (what’s new?). The attentive few loved it. The second set offered more gems – Solar (Matt offered the thought Bill Evans could be considered the composer), Sometime Ago (comp. Sergio Mihanovich) featured Matt at his best; the tune studied, his interpretation expansive, Jiannis with him all the way. Class. A Monk tune in the Caff is de rigueur – Ask Me Now was this evening’s selection. Body and Soul (a tenor man’s prerogative) Oleo (another Caff staple). A night of quality jazz. Matt and Jiannis went out on I Hear a Rhapsody. Do it again soon, guys.                 
Russell.

1 comment :

  1. Damn - should have braved the elements & gone into the Toon for this gig, like I said I was going to. Note to self, don't be a wuss about a bit of cold weather when there's hot jazz to warm me up!

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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.
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