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Bebop Spoken There

Jim Hall: "Won't play loud, can't play fast" - (From one of the great guitarist's business cards brought to our attention by Roly Veitch).

Joel Harrison: “It’s incredibly hard to play bebop on guitar, harder than on saxophone.” – (Jazz Times August 2015)

Sir Thomas Beecham: "Forget about the bars. Look at the phrases, please. Remember that bars are only the boxes in which the music is packed" - (Beecham Stories by Harold Atkins & Archie Newman. Robson Books, 1978).

Today Wednesday June 28

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.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café. 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £5/Students free - voluntary donation.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

RIP Ornette Coleman

Sad to announce the death of Ornette Coleman today (June 11), aged 85, of a cardiac arrest at his Manhattan home.
One of jazz's most controversial figures  his early work opened the door for many of the avante garde/free form musicians who followed in his wake. It took a long time for the establishment - myself included - to come to terms with his wild abstract, sometimes fragmental, alto playing. It was only when I listened again to The Shape of Jazz to Come; Change of the Century; Free Jazz and other early albums that I finally made the break through.
An innovator of the first order.
Sadly missed.
Obituary.
Lance.
PS: Thanks to Russell and Peter Bevan drawing this sad occasion to my attention.

3 comments :

  1. What a sad day. Sadder still that it's not been in the news

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  2. David Keighley (on F/b)Friday, June 12, 2015 1:56:00 pm

    PURE MUSIC STELLAR GOD, RIP

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  3. I had the great privilege of being at Ornette's first ever UK concert in August 1965, and the even greater privilege of meeting him many years later (when he signed my programme from that ever memorable event). I suppose it's in the nature of creative innovation that his music was widely condemned when he first came on the scene, yet today many of his tunes have become part of the jazz canon. The best tribute we can pay to his memory is to retain open ears and minds, and to recognise that improvised music has to constantly evolve if it is to live as a ceative art form: there will always be radicals and conservatives, but for the latter to deride the former does a disservice to the spirit of all the innovators who have made jazz such an ever surprising pleasure. Thank you Ornette for all the joy you have brought me over the years.

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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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