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Bebop Spoken There

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).

Today Wednesday May 24

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

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Gerry Richardson & Adam Sinclair @ The Jazz Café - July 25










Gerry Richardson (Hammond SK - 1/vcl); Adam Sinclair (dms).
(Review by Lance/photos courtesy of Mike Tilley).
I haven't heard all the Saturday night duo sessions at the Jazz Café but this one must be up there with the best.
We realised it would be different when Gerry recited Stanley Holloway's monologue Albert and the Lion as part of his soundcheck - a sad tale and enough to put anyone off taking their child to the zoo (although not other people's children!)
I'm Comin' Home Baby had the room rocking from bar one. This was really something and, suddenly, Wild Bill Davis didn't seem that wild and Brother Jack McDuff but a lesser member of the Order of Hammond Heroes. Isn't She Lovely, Stevie Wonder's epic hit kept the pot boiling whilst Mose Allison's Everybody's Cryin' Mercy featured the first vocal of the evening. The audience weren't crying Mercy they wanted more and they got it with a Steve Kuhn number done as a samba followed by Joe Sample's Soul Shadows and a couple of originals by Gerry; African Sunset and All About McGriff (in tribute to Jimmy McGriff).
Time for a break.
There was a buzz around the room - perhaps the open door had drawn a few passing punters in from the Party City that Newcastle becomes on weekends.
It was party time here too as the dynamic duo opened up with Ode to Billy Joe and, trust me, if he'd heard this version, Billy Joe McCallister wouldn't have jumped off no Tallahatchie Bridge - unless, of course, he was a wannabee jazz organist!
And so the night rolled on, Mercy Mercy Mercy; Just Squeeze Me; I Think I'll Lay Waste to Myself Tonight; Down at the Chicken Shack and, finally, Gil Scott-Heron's Lady Day and John Coltrane. Maybe there'll be a sequel - Gerry Richardson and Adam Sinclair. The latter was an integral part of the duo driving things along; sympathetic, inventive, forceful, laid back whatever  was demanded was delivered.
In the confines of The Caff the SK1 bore comparision with big brother B3 and where was the Leslie Speaker hidden!?
Memorable.
Lance.
PS: Earlier we spoke of Le Tour, Gerry being a keen cyclist. Tonight, his pedal power would, if it had been transferred to his bike, have seen him dropping both Chris Froome and Quintana on L'Alpe d' Huez!

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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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