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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.

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Back to Bataan - Joe Bataan Band @ Hoochie Coochie - June 5

Joe Bataan (vcl/keys); Chris Frank (gtr); Justin Latino (alt/ten); Reuben Fowler (tpt) Mark Patto (keys); Andres Castellanos (bs gtr); Alex Reeves (dms); Andy Davie (perc); Yvonne (vcl/perc).
(Review by Lance).
Some bands build up to a peak whilst others start at the top and stay there - the Joe Bataan Band belonged to the latter category. They hit the deck running and the packed room was dancing after about 4 bars!
A contribution by Hoochie to the !Vamos! Festival, this was one of those adrenalin pumping nights that raises your pulse rate into astronomic figures and takes about 3 days to return to normal.
The veteran Bataan - 50 years an entertainer - refused to define his music as Latin, Soul or any other genre preferring to settle for World Music which, in a sense - like folk - applies to all music. The J word wasn't mentioned but when Latino and Fowler blew you were hearing jazz of the highest calibre - likewise Patto and Frank.
Bataan - surely one of the greatest acts on the Hoochie Roll of Fame - laid down soulful versions of, among others, Be My Lady Tonight; Gypsy Moon - his first hit back in 1967 - An Ordinary Guy; Street Life  and the most amazing version ever of I Wish You Love. Done over a fast Latin groove this had amazing solos all round with a particularly powerful blast from Patto. Fans of the Nat King Cole version may have called it sacrilege! If they did I'm not sure what they would say about the number that followed - The Lord's Prayer! After describing a near death experience Joe told the audience how he found God, hence the piece done over a rock rhythm and all the Hoochie Heathens were suddenly, at least for tonight, Born Again Cs!
And why not? Nobody complained when Mahalia Jackson sang it at Newport so why object to Joe at Hoochie?
But this was a night when music was the religion and, to quote the Hoochie slogan "Now every true music believer has their church" 
Amen!
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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