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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 10, 2015

CD Review: Will Butterworth Trio - Live

Will Butterworth (pno); Henrik Jensen (bs); Pete Ibbetson (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Another piano trio record - how many more does it take to send one to sleep? Well it must be said that this isn't one of them! Recorded close on three years back at Pizza Express I'm left wondering why I haven't encountered Butterworth until now. It's certainly been my loss.
Doing my homework, I discover the Scottish born pianist is best known for his work with Dylan Howe and although he found his way to Manchester in 2014, to the best of my knowledge he has yet to discover the Newcastle Scene (correct me if I'm wrong). Modern without being outré, Melodic without being boring, a composer in his own right but not above putting his own stamp on standards such as I Fall in Love Too Easily and Old Folks. One of his originals. The Syndicate, is a  blast featuring Ibbetson - the Syndicate's 'Hit Man". On bass, Jensen is on the money - sympathetic contributing both in a supportive role and up front. 
A  gem that may not set the world on fire but will certainly keep it warm.
The band tours from March but, unfortunately, don't head very far north.
Details.
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. Henrik and Pete received praise in your 2013 CD review of Henrik's Followed by Thirteen, then last year the pair played a great gig with Esben Tjalve at the Jazz Café (the first Schmazz promotion at the Pink Lane venue)

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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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