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Bebop Spoken There

Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Saturday April 29

Afternoon

Rick Laughlin Trio, Abbie Finn Quartet ao - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 01325 245052. 1:00-5:00pm. Free (donations).

Evening

Dave O’Higgins with Durham Alumni Big Band - Majestic Theatre, Bondgate, Darlington DL3 7JT. Support set by Durham County Youth Big Band (7:15pm). £12.00. (+ concs).

Late night jam session - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 01325 245052.10:30pm. Free.

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Ruby Turner - Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. £21.00. & £20.00.

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Fever & Friends - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE333 3NG. 7:30pm. £12.00. 0191 454234.

Bradley Johnston (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, July 03, 2015

CD Review: The Weave - Knowledge Porridge.

(Review by Lance).
A gem! You've probably never heard anything quite like this! Unless, that is, you're familiar with Liverpool's Georgian Quarter - a revamped area of the city with lots of real alers and a few music venues, The Grapes and The Caledonia being a couple where The Weave are not unknown.
This is an almost compelling genre mix drawing on such disparate influences as Clark Terry, Bob Brookmeyer and Louis Armstrong as well as English pop notably the Canterbury scene of the '60s and '70s.
Now, having led a sheltered life, I was totally unaware that Canterbury had a scene. Googling brought Soft Machine to my attention and I began to get the feel of the music and it is captivating. Modern but with history woven into The Weave.
The Pogo a hypnotic kind of Latin/Rock rhythm beneath the duelling horns - such contrasting styles! Trumpet Ear inspired by an evening spent listening to a friend has a bluesy feel (surprise?) with the trumpet choruses split by some down home piano from Baranec rounded off by Ormesher's guitar chorus. I'm in Your House a qurky riff with some good vibes from Norheim and more guitar.  
Our Day on the Mountain  written by Smith whilst walking in Snowdonia is all about going through hell and highwater in a relationship and coming out in one piece. Judging by Smith's trumpet solo, he not only came out in one piece but a better man for it! Harrison does some good work too. Luciana Mercer contributed Evolve and Expand. A winsome voice with a folksy tiimbre that ties your heartstrings in knots! Para Parrot, a composition by, and featuring, "Harry" also has earthy piano from Stringer and some plaintive wailing from Peers. Our Fathers celebrates the importance of the paternal line. With Peers once again to the fore this time tightly muted with reflective, probing piano from Stringer.
Not on Your Nelly starts off with a traditional Irish lilt to it that continues below whilst on deck the horns are anything but traditional yet still maintaining the feel. Knowledge Porridge is a spoken word piece written and narrated, almost bombastically, by Peers whilst Princess Salami Socks features a cello duet.
An album to play over and over again to catch the subtle nuances that don't always jump out and hit you first time round.
The Weave - Knowledge Porridge is due to be released on Monday July 6 with a launch gig at the good old Spice of Life in Soho on Thursday July 9.
Lance.
Martin Smith, Anthony Peers (tpt); Anthony Ormesher (gtr); Hugo "Harry" Harrison (bs); Tilo Pirnbaum (dms) + Rob Stringer (pno on 6 tracks); Andrzej Baranec (pno on 4 tracks); Vidar Norheim (vbs on 6 tracks); Stuart Hardcastle (perc on 4 tracks); Luciana Mercer (vcl, acc gtr on 1 track); Michael Head (12 string on 1 track); Georgina and Jonathon Aasgaard (celli).

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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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