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Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Steve Voce: “Most of us have been crashed into by cretins who walk along the road absorbed in the screens of their mobile phones.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

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Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 22 in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Today Friday May 26

Afternoon
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Paul Wilkinson - St. Nicholas Cathedral, St. Nicholas Square, Newcastle NE1 1PF. 1:05pm. Retiring collection.
Mark Williams/Joel Byrne McCullough - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Ruth Lambert Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm, £7 (£6 in advance.)
Hand to Mouth (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - High Friars Lane (Tyneside Cinema), Free, al fresco, 8pm. food and drink available.
?????????? - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8pm. Free.
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Imelda May - Sage Gateshead. 7pm. £38.20/£27.30 VIP Option £104.
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Ushaw College, nr. Durham. 7:30pm. £7.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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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

Jazz North East presents Alan Wilkinson & Akode - Jazz Cafe June 18

Alan Wilkinson(Reeds), Kim Johannesen(gtr), Ola Hoyer(bass), Dag Erik Knedal Andersen(drums)
(Review by Steve H/photos courtesy of Ken Drew.)
Whirlwind, psychedelic, free jazz of the highest order. A captivating hypnotic explosion of sound from start to finish! All four seemed to play in unison at 100mph whilst still managing to allow the audience to pick out the outstanding individual solos. 
Wilkinson seamlessly alternating between bass clarinet, alto and baritone saxes produced extravagant, passionate, solos sometimes wild, sometimes melodious. Hoyer on bass was like a swashbuckling musical musketeer brandishing his bow like a rapier as he attacked the bass.  Knedal never stopped driving the band with his relentless drumming and Johanneson augmented everything going on around him with ever so subtle nuanced effects on guitar. 

The first set came in at approximately 40 minutes and 6 seconds according to Wilkinson’s recording machine. The second set lasted a mere 36 minutes so Wilkinson asked if anyone wanted an encore and the response from the select audience was a unanimous ‘yes’. This kind of music may not be to everyone’s taste, in fact when I dipped into a You Tube clip I was not convinced. It was only when immersed in the actual performance that I could really appreciate the full force of the music and the fascinating interactions between the quartet.  Simply mesmerising and exhilarating.
Steve H.

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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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