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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)

Sir Thomas Beecham: "Forget about the bars. Look at the phrases, please. Remember that bars are only the boxes in which the music is packed" - (Beecham Stories by Harold Atkins & Archie Newman. Robson Books, 1978).

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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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

CD Review: Charles McPherson - The Journey

Charles McPherson (alt); Keith Oxman (ten); Chip Stephens (pno); Ken Walker (bs); Todd Reid (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Is Charles McPherson the greatest living jazz master/saxophone player? On the strength of this disc I'm inclined to concur. I had similar thoughts back in the 1980's/early '90s, when I heard him at Newcastle's Corner House - and there were still a lot of grandmasters doing the rounds in those halcyon days!
His playing here is little short of perfection - the bebop, thankfully, is still there but so are the influences he picked up along the way by association with Mingus, Barry Harris and, naturally, Parker [McPherson provided the live alto solos in Eastwood's biopic Bird.] this may be the best alto playing you will hear all year and it's only February 3!
Having said that, this is no one man show. Keith Oxman blows enough tenor to suggest that, in years to come, he too will have reached legendary status! He's pretty damn close here!
The two saxes blend well and shine individually. Behind them is a rhythm section that the early bop pioneers would have died for.
My choice for January's CD of the Month was Capri's release - Jeff Hamilton Trio; Great American Songs. Although it's early days, I'm not betting against this being two in a row for Capri!
Lance.
Charles McPherson - The Journey is to be released on February 17 by Capri Records (74136-2)

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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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