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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).

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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).
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Today Tuesday April 25

Evening
Playtime Collective w. Martin Kershaw (alto); Graeme Stephen (guitar); Mario Caribe (bass); Tom Bancroft (drums). - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £10/£8 (conc.). JNE/Schmazz.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave. Newcastle NE2 3EX. £5. 8:30pm.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
Lickety Split - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham. 9:00pm. Free (bucket collection).
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Thursday, August 27, 2015

CD Review: Daniel Fortin - Brinks.

David French (ten); Michael Davidson (vbs); Daniel Fortin (bs/comp); Fabio Ragnelli (dms).
(Review by Lance).
An interesting release by Toronto based bassist Fortin. This, his debut album, brings to mind the latter days of the Modern Jazz Quartet. It could well have been the path they followed had they still been around. Davidson's vibes certainly have an affinity with Milt Jackson both sound-wise and in his phraseology. The use of tenor could also be related to the group Stan Getz had with Gary Burton.
However, the overall mode and the compositions are in a more contemporary vein which is both the strength and weakness of the album. The strength lies in the many beautiful passages that are present in abundance.  The weakness is that it's rather like opening a box of chocolates and finding they are all marzipan fillings. I found myself longing for just a little bit more straight ahead swing. Like MJQ, when Jackson was set free, so it is here with Davidson providing the sounds I want to hear although French's workout on Smithereen is also worth hearing.
Fortin is a composer of merit and an able plus bassist whilst Ragnelli does the business coping with the varying modes dealt up.
Apologies to all, but this didn't quite tick the boxes for a post-luddite like me. Nothing I could pinpoint, in fact, paradoxically, I enjoyed each and every track individually but, overall, I found the long haul had me wondering what's on TV and I rarely watch TV!
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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