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Bebop Spoken There

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.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Summertyne Americana: The McCrary Sisters/Cedric Burnside @ Sage Gateshead - July 19.

McCrary Sisters (Alfreda, Ann, Deborah, Regina) - vocals + keys; bs; gtr; dms.
(Review by Lance/Photos from Sage Gateshead Facebook page.).
I shouldn't have worn my grey flannel strides - amidst all the denim I felt like a city slicker at the Saturday Night Fish Fry. 
That was my first mistake. The second one was forgetting my pen. I know that in this brave new world pen and paper are practically obsolete but with me the old order has yet to walk on by. So, upon arrival at Sage Nashville, I forked out a couple of sawbucks for a dandy looking blue pen at the trading post where they sell dandy looking blue pens. It also had Sage Gateshead printed on the side - a keepsake.
The McClary girls came on stage and, with a great band behind them, I made to write WOW backwards. This was when my pen exploded! A lady across the aisle caught part of it, the writing bit shot elsewhere and, for all I know, the tiny spring is still in orbit!
However, now that I'm home on the range, I realise I didn't need a pen at all because what those gals were putting down defied mere written superlatives!
Imagine, say, the Boswell Sisters meeting the Supremes at the Holy Tabernacle Church and you've got the picture. Put simply, they were sensational! With the lead vocals changing from number to number it was impossible to single out one above the rest and the tight harmonies made the overall sound something else. Standing ovation.
WOW!
Cedric Burnside (gtr/vcl/dms); Trenton Ayers (gtr).
The show began with some country blues from Burnside singing solo and 'companying himself on guitar. Long time musical associate Trenton Ayers joined him, Cedric vacated guitar for drum kit and the duo moved towards Chicago and Detroit taking the crowd with them on a roller coaster ride. The drums were given a workout, the guitar thrashed, the audience roared. The tempos varied, the words were different, the sound the same.
Jack Daniels set to music. 
Roll on next year!
Lance.

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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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