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Bebop Spoken There

John Tynan: "Go ahead, call me reactionary. I happen to object to the musical nonsense being peddled in the name of jazz by John Coltrane and his acolyte Eric Dolphy." - (Downbeat November 22, 1961).

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McCoy Tyner: "If anyone want to know how the three of us - Elvin, Jimmy and me - felt about John [Coltrane], listen to the music and you can hear the love and respect we had for each other. The music can really speak more than any of us." - (Melody Maker, August 19, 1967).
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Today Tuesday April 25

Evening
Playtime Collective w. Martin Kershaw (alto); Graeme Stephen (guitar); Mario Caribe (bass); Tom Bancroft (drums). - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £10/£8 (conc.). JNE/Schmazz.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave. Newcastle NE2 3EX. £5. 8:30pm.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
Lickety Split - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham. 9:00pm. Free (bucket collection).
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Monday, June 15, 2015

CD Review: Ivo Neame - Strata.

Ivo Neame (pno, Acc, synth); Jim Hart (vbs); Tori Freestone (ten, fl); Tom Farmer (bs); Andrea Di Biase (bs); Dave Hamblett (dms).
(Review by Steve H).
A highly enjoyable album of original compositions from the Ivo Neame Quintet. Neame, known for his work with Phronesis and Kairos 4Tet has gathered together an impressive ensemble to interpret his complex and original material. The compositions often start in one direction and then seem to take off tangentially to another.
Personality Clash gets the album off to a cracking up-tempo start with Freestone on sax and Neame on piano dominating but with the additional bonus of Hart’s wonderfully refreshing vibes playing. The title track Strata is just that - a haunting multi layered atmospheric piece featuring Neame on synthesizer. A slow melancholy piece follows, OCD Blues, which I will dedicate to a number of my manically tidy work colleagues although some of the other offerings (Personality Clash, Crise De Nerfs) could have equally sufficed. Miss Piggy is another vibrant vehicle for Freestone to exploit and again features a most welcome vibes solo from Hart. Eastern Chant is a trio piece yet it is also a Folk Song with Neame playing accordion and giving it a real Eastern European feel to it. The final track Snowfall has a somewhat familiar theme and reinforces my recognition of what a fine pianist, composer and arranger Neame has become. It also, fittingly, provides an opportunity for all of the band members to shine.   
Steve H.
Available on Monday (June 15). Whirlwind Records.

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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.
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