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Bebop Spoken There

Jackie McLean: “I can't understand British audiences. In Britain there doesn't seem to be any curiosity." (Melody Maker, April 1, 1961).

Charles Mingus: "It seems to me that if our records were not issued in Britain, the British cats would have to think for themselves" (Jazz News, July 26th 1961)

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Today Tuesday July 25

Evening
Misha Mullov-Abbado Sextet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane NE25 5DW. 8pm. Free.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. £10 & £8. JNE gig.
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Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Jazz Machine @ The Globe Jazz Bar - March 28.

Pepe Greenaway (alt); Dave Parker (bs); Peter Ninnim (dms).
"A work in progress" was the description given to me by one of the "Machinists" and it probably summed up what was, nevertheless, a fine example of the Jazz Co-op's attempts to offer a varied program - partly subsidised by the wall to wall throng of pulchritudinous flesh in the downstairs bar. It wasn't an easy choice to make!
However, jazz as opposed to Disco, for me, was the name of the game so it was onward and upward although I did wonder if a first time visitor may not have been discouraged and reluctant to forge a path through this human jungle. Why is the side door that gives direct access to "The Jazz Bar" rarely open?
Questions for another time.
The Jazz Machine, with no harmonic hub in the form of guitar or keyboard to fill out the overall sound, make a decent fist of it with Greenaway blowing some Dolphy (ish) solos. He makes much use of the upper register frequently utilising those unorthodox fingerings the text books rarely mention - an omission that will be rectified when his own saxophone tutor hits the browsers in your local music store.
The set included compositions by Greenaway as well as offerings from Mingus, Rollins, Coltrane and Wayne Shorter.
Ninnim, whose true forte is driving a big band adapted well and Jazz Co-op supremo Parker impressed on what appeared to be a solid electric cello although the sounds were most bass-like.
I shall follow the progress of the work.
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. The instrument I was playing is a modern reproduction of the Ampeg Baby Bass. It was one of the first commercially successful electric upright basses. It was widely used by Latin bands in the 1960s.

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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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