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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 Saturday July 22

Afternoon
SummerTyne Americana Festival 2017 - Sage Gateshead. Day two of three. Details. From 12 noon all day.
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Evening
Steve Glendinning (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
The Hookahs - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Big Chris Barber Band - Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. £21.50/£20.50.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Linda Sharrock Group/Knotts/MacCalman and Pope @ Black Swan, Newcastle. - May 7, A JNE ‘Women Make Music’ presentation

Linda Sharrock (voice); Mario Rechtern (saxophones); Derek Saw (trumpet & flugelhorn); John Jasnoch (guitar); Charlie Collins (drums & percussion).
(Review/photos by Ken Drew.)
The quartet of guitar, brass (various) and drums played fervently with regular and sometimes sporadic interjections from Linda’s vocalese in the form of wailing, screaming, moans and whelping. Linda‘s soaring, swelling sound is just as penetrating as it is striking. The many repetitions of short phrases served to drive the quartet into searching deep into the corners of the soaring, swirling and dynamic soundscape they created.
A superb performance. Yet energy draining to an extent that it was an endurance test of voice, quartet and indeed audience of how to hold everyone’s attention with much repetition, yet not, with screaming, yet varied, and with shrill-energy draining and exhausting vocals, yet not.   What a very powerful performance, not just by Linda but by the whole ensemble who were perfectly matched - Berlin born saxophone master Mario Rechtern together with leading UK improvisers Charlie Collins, John Jasnoch, and Derek Saw.  Amazing.  And yet another improv gig which will leave a lasting impression.

Shelley Knotts (electronics); Faye MacCalman (tenor sax); John Pope (bass)
Earlier, the trio of Knotts, MacCalman and Pope,  playing an opening set of around 30 minutes, gave a unique performance, proving themselves to be some of the most interesting young players on the local improvised music scene. I can’t do justice to the performance but the ebb & flow of background electronics nicely complemented the Bass and Sax interplay, with solos along the way. Hopefully we’ll see them again soon with our appetites suitably whetted! Ken.

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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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