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Ernie Wilkins: “If you don't look at the liner notes, you don't know who in the hell it is. Everybody sounds alike, that same million-note approach. Faceless.” – (Crescendo November 1975).

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Ben Williams: “A lot of jazz today has developed this allergy to simplicity. ‘If it’s simple, that means it’s not hip’ is a theme. But sometimes the simplest thing you can do is the hippest thing you can do.” – (Down Beat August 2015).

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Today Wednesday March 22

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Paul Skerritt Band - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
John Harle and Steve Lodder - Royal Grammar School, Eskdale Tce., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4DX. 7pm. £20 & £10. 60th birthday tour for RGS alumnus Harl.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £4.
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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 01, 2015

LUME on Tour @ Bridge Hotel, Newcastle.Quadraceratops + Entropi – May 31.

(Review by Steve H/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew).
The only thing more blinding than the sun streaming through the Bridge’s huge bay window were the performances by these two outstanding bands.
LUME is a weekly music night set up by up by Kath Roberts and Dee Byrne to encourage musicians to try out original and improvised material. Kath’s and Dee’s bands are currently embarking on a 7 gig ‘LUME on Tour’ and on Sunday night it was the turn of the Bridge to host this event.
First up was Quadraceratops whose album I reviewed very favourably at the turn of the year (Quadraceratops). Indeed in my review I suggested that they would be a great band to see live and I was not disappointed. The septet named after a mythical four horned dinosaur played selections from the aforementioned eponymous album, all compositions being penned by bandleader Roberts. Hearing a four horned dinosaur in a venue the size of The Bridge is certainly invigorating and captivating and the harmonies produced a joy. Despite these horns of plenty the rhythm section really held their own. O’Brien on keyboards and electronics was particularly inventive and appeared just as central to the performance as the entire horn section. The whole set had a great and uplifting feel with both compositions and arrangements being of a very high quality. A special mention should could go to trumpet player Andre Canniere who although a member of Entropi was deputising to great effect for regular band member Henry Spencer.
At the conclusion of the first set, the sun had followed suit so I was able to remove my sunglasses and ponder with other members of the enthralled audience how the second band was going to be able keep the momentum going. The answer wasn’t long in coming as Entropi led by alto sax player Byrne cooked up a storm. Again the songs played were originals from their forthcoming album New Era (launched June 1st). A tapestry of improvisation was unfurled with each member of the quintet contributing solos embedded within the overall ensemble’s performance. It was a refreshing and thoroughly exhilarating exhibition of modern improvised music.
Steve H.
Quadraceratops: Cath Roberts (alto sax); Tom Ward (tenor sax); Magnus Dearness (trombone); Andre Canniere (trumpet); Dave O’Brien (keyboards); Jason Simpson (bass); Olly Blackman (drums).
Entropi: Dee Byrne (alto sax); Andre Canniere (trumpet); Rebecca Nash (keyboards); Olie Brice (bass); Matt Fisher (drums)

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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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