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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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Archives.

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.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Graeme Wilson & Paul Edis @ The Jazz Café. July 18

Graeme Wilson (tenor saxophone) & Paul Edis (piano)
(Review by Russell/Photo courtesy of Mike Tilley)
Wilson and Edis play Monk. Eagerly anticipated. This Saturday evening the Jazz Café drew Mionk disciples, Caff habitués and the regular slew of city centre circuit drinkers. 
Thelonious Monk would have liked the Caff’s  piano – he surely played worse pianos, much worse.  Graeme Wilson’s flying visit to the north east (he had played the Opus 4 Jazz Club in Darlington the previous evening) heard him on tenor in the company of a long-time musical friend, pianist Paul Edis.

The front row crowd attentive, others – the cloth-eared – less so, heard two sets of the finest jazz one could wish to hear. Bright Mississippi, with the chord changes to Sweet Georgia Brown right there, opened the programme. It couldn’t get any better, could it? Crepuscule with Nellie – it just got better and better! Graeme Wilson always plays the perfectly conceived solo, whatever the tune, the construction logical, fully formed. The duo format can be something of a high-wire act, the musicians exposed to the dangers less evident in larger ensembles. Every nuanced note heard, Wilson and Edis have an empathetic, if not telepathic, understanding. Edis’ piano playing continues to astonish – Monk with baroque right hand and stride left. Complex, brain-befuddling, the trick, if there is one, must be in the compartmentalising (in the brain) of two disparate musical ideas.
A ballad – Light Blue – should have been heard in reverential silence. No chance. The punters were in talkative mood. At one point during the evening Jazz Café proprietor Mike Tilley told the unruly to shut up or get out. Keith Crombie would have approved! The Monk disciples applauded spontaneously – things were hotting up! Four in One – perhaps the tune of the night – reached new heights. To top the lot Nutty was nothing short of brilliant. The deafening applause, short of a standing ovation, won an encore. Wilson and Edis’ gig is a real contender for Gig of the Year, that’s how good it was.     

Russell.

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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.
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