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Bebop Spoken There

Sonny Rollins: "I work very hard. I wear out suits playing." - (Downbeat May 29, 1969.)

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Bob Brookmeyer: "The group's philosophy? We're saving to buy new uniforms - the ties wore out." - (Crescendo March 1965).

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Today Tuesday March 28

Jonathan Silk's Fragment Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £10/£8. JNE/Schmazz gig.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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Northern Monkey Brass Band - The Fox, West End Tce., Hexham NE46 3DB. 9pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, March 02, 2015

CD Review: Pete Oxley & Nicolas Meier - Chasing Tales.

Pete Oxley, Nicolas Meier (gtrs).
(Review by Lance)
The guitar duo has been an interesting offshoot of the jazz mainstream for most of the past century thanks to such legendary names as Eddie Lang, Lonnie Johnson, Carl Kress, Dick McDonough, George Van Eps, George Barnes, Bucky and John Pizzarelli and, in this country, Albert Harris and Ivor Mairants. As recently as Saturday night at the Jazz Café in Newcastle Roly Veitch and Giles Strong maintained the tradition of their predecessors.
Oxley and Meier, two outstanding players of contrasting, yet complementary styles who individually composed most of the pieces on the album have built upon this glorious past and taken it into a new dimension - layering tracks, the tasteful use of some electronic wizardry and  utilising nylon and steel string acoustics, electric, 12 string, fretless, slide, synth and glissentar guitars to great effect and, I hasten to add, in a manner unlikely to upset the purists..
The end result is a worthy addition to the guitar duo Hall of Fame.
The duo have been touring since early February but sadly, from a north eastern point of view, mainly in more southerly parts of the UK.
Chasing Tales is available on MGP Records.
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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