Bebop Spoken There
John Tynan: "Go ahead, call me reactionary. I happen to object to the musical nonsense being peddled in the name of jazz by John Coltrane and his acolyte Eric Dolphy." - (Downbeat November 22, 1961).
McCoy Tyner: "If anyone want to know how the three of us - Elvin, Jimmy and me - felt about John [Coltrane], listen to the music and you can hear the love and respect we had for each other. The music can really speak more than any of us." - (Melody Maker, August 19, 1967).
Today Monday April 24
Monday, July 27, 2015
Stephanie Trick & Paolo Alderighi with the New Century Ragtime Orchestra @ Caedmon Hall, Gateshead - July 26.
(Review by Lance).
Rawicz and Landauer it wasn't, Pete Johnson and Albert Ammons it was - and then some. If you were seeking sounds, I hesitate to use the word music, that were searching for new frontiers you wouldn't find them here and, if you had, the hall wouldn't have been near sold out!
And yet, what we heard tonight was indeed music that broke the mould - in the earlier part of the last century.
Ragtime, stride and boogie woogie by the two guest pianists plus hot dance music and early big band jazz from the finest purveyors of the idiom this side of Slovakia - the New Century Ragtime Orchestra.
The band had been active during the transfer window with several new signings, whether permanent or on loan I'm not sure. Ian Wynne on piano, Neville Hartley bumped over to trombone, Graham Hardy from the Northern Monkey (suit) Brass Band on trumpet, Laurence Dunn, whose beard reduces Steve Andrews' whiskery growth to a mere goatee, on violin and Roly Veitch on (whisper it) banjo. Steve Andrews also took a more active musical role and even sang on Nagasaki!
Keith Nichols is the band's usual guest pianist and it says much for Papa Keith that it required two pianists to replace him! But what replacements!
As they did last year, American Stephanie Trick and Italian Paolo Alderighi stunned the crowd with an amazing performance - four hands are better than two? These four hands were better than twenty-two!
An unforgettable evening.
Outside it was raining - I decided to phone for a taxi. Neither of my two preferred cab company's knew where Gateshead Library was so I bussed it.
This was probably wise - how could you describe such an evening to a cabbie listening to Metro Radio?
PS: Nice to bump into my old school chum George Watt. George was at the bar buying a bottle of water for his wife - he certainly knows how to treat a girl!
Stephanie Trick, Paolo Alderighi (pno) + Steve Andrews (ten/clt/vcl/mc); Graham Hardy, Alastair Lord (tpt); Neville Hartley (tmb); Jim McBriarty (clt/alt/vcl); Gavin Lee (clt/ten); Alan Marshall (alt/clt); Laurence Dunn (vln); Ian Wynne (pno); Phil Rutherford (sousa); Roly Veitch (bjo/gtr); Steve Doyle (dms); Caroline Irwin (vcl).
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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.)