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Bebop Spoken There

Don Rendell: “The public...complain of a lack of modern jazz in their area and then don't support it when it arrives." - (Melody Maker, May 5th 1962)

Ronnie Scott: "People are just not prepared to sit and listen to jazz during the week." (Melody Maker, July 21st 1962)

Today Thursday July 20

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:oopm. Free.
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Evening.
Sarathy Korwar Quintet - Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre, 59 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. 8pm. £10. (£8 conc.).JNE gig.
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Tyne Valley Big Band + Tyne Valley Youth Big Band + Tyne Valley Junior Jazz Ensemble -Phoenix Bar, Chisholm Place, Hexham. 6pm (Collection).
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Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside NE16 5EE, 8:30pm. Free.
Screamin' Miss Jackson & the Slap Ya Mama Big Band - The Schooner, South Shore Rd., Gateshead. 8:30pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. James Harrison (piano); Richie Emmerson (tenor); Ray Dales (alto) - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Free. 9pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

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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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.)
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