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Bebop Spoken There

Ben Pollack: "The kind of people who go for the old style New Orleans jazz are the same kind of people who go in for collecting antiques." - (Down Beat May 5, 1950).

Flip Phillips: "I heard this band out in California. I think - Lu Waters, isn't it? They sure can march down the street but I wouldn't want to march with them!" - (Down Beat June 15, 1951).

Today Sunday June 25

Afternoon.
Joel Byrne McCullough (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Mitch Laddie Band - Tyne Bar, Maling St., Newcastle. 3pm. Free.
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.
Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.
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Tyne Valley Big Band - Herding Hill Farm, Shield Hill, Haltwhistle NE49 9NW. 2pm. Support from Tyne Valley Youth Jazz Ensemble. 01434 320175.
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Evening
Jake Steels Quintet - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm.
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Hokum Hotshots-- 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.

Monday, April 13, 2015

GIJF Day Three - The Cookers!

Billy Harper (ten); Eddie Henderson, David Weiss (tpt); Jaleel Shaw (alt); George Cables (pno); Cecil McBee (bs); Billy Hart (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Even before Saturday's Living Legacy talk with the musicians I knew this would be something special but after hearing the guys talking about the music, my anticipation was even higher. I wasn't disappointed!
This was something else!
The ensemble sound a joy to behold and the solos wild and wonderful. These guys are competitive - The OK Coral with a jazz score!
Billy Harper comes out punching from the bell - taking no prisoners. Shaw is more subtle, l;ow key, floating like a butterfly then stinging like a swarm of bees. Weiss and Henderson - playing Morgan and Hubbard - bring back memories of that memorable night in Brooklyn, the Night of the Cookers, that inspired the band's name.
George Cables, last in the North East with Art Pepper back in about 1980, the perfect pianoman rich chords and inspirational solos. McBee, like Harper, contributed several of the compositions and indicated why he's been a first call bassman for many famous names such as Charles Lloyd, Keith Jarrett and Wayne Shorter.
Billy Hart waited until the final number before exploding but explode he did indeed! Prior to that, he drove the soloists forward with the panache and tenacity we've come to expect from hearing him on record.
Incidentally, no predictable round of fours at the end of any of the numbers. Instead, we got endings that were nail-bitingly tense as we wondered who was going to foul-up.
Needless to say, nobody did!
This was cooking with gas and then some!
Nothing could match this...
Lance.


1 comment :

  1. Pretty much matches my feelings about the gig. Unforgettable!

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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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