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Bebop Spoken There

Les Paul: "Okay so you make great sounds. The people you're playing for, they work all day, they don't go to music schools and study harmony. They pay their dough, they come in, they listen. If they don't understand what you're doing, they walk out. What are you supposed to do, tie 'em with a rope whilst you explain you're playing great music?" - (Down Beat June 15, 1951).

Jack Perciful: "Unless you're playing somewhere like Carnegie Hall, in the States, the piano is the last thing they buy. When they've got ten dollars left over they go buy a piano." - (Crescendo October 1971.)

Number 22!

Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 22 in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Sunday May 28

Afternoon.
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
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Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Northumberland Park, Tynemouth Rd., Tynemouth NE30 2HA. 3pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Evening
Cancelled! Young Musicians Jam Session - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm. Cancelled!
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Billy Bootleggers All Star House Band w. Teresa Watson - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Alister Spence Quartet & Paul Taylor @ Newcastle University. February 3

Alister Spence (pno; Raymond MacDonald (alt/sop); Joe Williamson (bs); Dag Magnus Narvesen (dms).
(Review &  photos courtesy of Ken Drew)
.Leader is Australian pianist Alister Spence, a player who combines melodic invention and free improvisation in a way that is full of surprises yet unfailingly accessible. And he’s matched every step of the way by the other members of the quartet. Glaswegian Raymond MacDonald has worked regularly with Alister, not only in the UK and abroad, and the two of them have developed a level of spontaneous awareness that makes their improvisation look so fluid and effortless - although the circular breathing by Raymond was evident from the outset and highly effective.

Canadian bassist Joe Williamson has been another regular collaborator in the group, and he similarly enters the fray so sympathetically yet complementary.  Only drummer Dag Magnus Narvesen is a newcomer. Based in Berlin, he is involved in groups with such free music titans as Alexander von Schlippenbach, trombonist Johannes Bauer, and ex-Cecil Taylor saxophonist Harri Sjöström – and this impressive CV was brought to bear with such style and succinctness.  Each contributed evenly, solos were shared but never too long and despite the inner complexity of many of the tunes, the overall result was perfectly balanced with an overall envelope of apparent simplicity, and wonderfully inspiring.
A superbly talented and beautifully integrated group. The Recital Room was the place to be!
Paul Taylor played solo piano for the first set. An extended selection of compositions interspersed with electronic effects to mark the transitions between. His playing has a magical and timeless quality, constantly drawing you in to his musical scapes which unfold in front of you as he plays seemingly effortlessly, but most thoughtfully and highly effectively too.  A rare treat!   
Ken D.

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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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