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Bebop Spoken There

Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Sunday April 30

All Day.
Darlington Jazz Festival - details.
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International Jazz Day - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. From 2pm 'til late. Free - details.
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Strictly Smokin' Small Band - Gateshead Beer and Music Festival - Gateshead RFC, Eastwood Gdns., Low Fell NE9 5UB. £12 admission to beer festival. Band play 1:45pm - 2:35pm.
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Afternoon.
Joel Byrne McCullough - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. 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.
Evening
Nick Ross Orchestra (Glenn Miller) - Forum Theatre, Queensway, Billingham. 7:30pm. £22 (£20.50 conc.).
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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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