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Bebop Spoken There

Miles Kington: "If the intake of alcohol fails to improve a jazz player's performance, why do jazz listeners think it improves their appreciation?" - (Jazz Express October 1982).

Barbara Jay: "My first gig was at the Astoria, Charing Cross Rd. It seemed like a den of iniquity to me. All the Soho girls were there and the gigolos with their old women paying them to dance..." - (Jazz UK May 2008.)

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Today Sunday February 26.

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
More Jam - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
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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.
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Evening
Maine St. Jazzmen - Seaton Sluice Social Club, Collywell Bay Rd., Seaton Sluice NE26 4QZ. 8pm. £4.
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Shaun Henderson Band - Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard, Darlington. 6pm. £5.
Jazz Jam - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SY. 7:30pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, June 19, 2015

CD Review: Steve Garrett - Even Song

Steve Garrett (gtr).
I'm not really qualified to pass judgement on this debut solo album from a much travelled guitarist, born in London and now nesting in Scotland.
The influences are many, absorbing aspects of jazz, folk, rock and even choral music. Although played, I think, on a Gibson 335 the instrument could easily have been a classical guitar or even a lute. The sound, at times, seems more relevant to a harpsichord.
Throughout the feel is more baroque than rock or jazz - even on pieces by Peter Gabriel, Mark Knopfler or Huw Warren! That Garrett's managed to transform the disparate starting points into something original and far removed from the initial intent is to his credit. There are also a few of Garrett's own compositions plus a 16th century piece by Tallis.
It took me several playings before it got through to me that I was listening to something special. The essence is to throw away all preconceptions of jazz guitar indeed discard all preconceptions of anything - pour a glass of mead and enjoy.
Lance.
Steve Garrett - Even Song is currently available from bandcamp and usual suspects.

1 comment :

  1. I think the music will grow again if the added unique guitar sound ukulele :D

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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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