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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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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Alice Grace Quintet @ The Jazz Café - Sept. 18

Alice Grace (vcl); Paul Gowland (ten/alt); Peter Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Russ Morgan (dms).
(Review/photo by Lance/photos by Mike Tilley here).
A gig of two halves. The first marred by Ms Grace being slightly undermiked although not so much that her undoubted class didn't shine through. The second, however, was the real deal. Now everyone in the crowded room could appreciate this exciting, relatively new, voice on the local scene. 
Not that this was a one person show. The band were at the top of their game and the voice/tenor unison passages a joy to behold. Gowland took the tenor on magical journeys that mere mortals could only dream about. Gilligan's never ending quest to find the lost chord resulted in him not only discovering the elusive Ab min9(bb5) but also a whole bag of more complex ones. Russ Morgan, Mr Deadpan, but very much Mr Expressive when it comes to percussion. Paul Grainger had the honour of opening the show. Bass and voice first chorus then band explodes and PG3 drops down into support mode.
The repertoire was varied. Standards such as: Devil May Care; I Didn't Know What Time it Was; It Could Happen to You; There Will Never be Another You and On the Street Where You Live and modern jazz pieces by Dave Holland; Kenny Garrett; Roy Hargrove; Chick Corea; John Taylor and a couple of Kenny Wheeler's. Not surprisingly, these latter songs showed a distinct Norma Winstone influence.
Night in Tunisia featured the "famous (Charlie Parker) alto break" and Gowland blew it to perfection having switched from tenor to alto for this number. Gilligan played what, in years to come, if it ever gets on record, may become known as the "famous piano break". Alice turned this into an object lesson in scat-singing and Grainger and Morgan aided and abetted admirably.
Was this the gig of the year? Could be, a better sound balance in the first set and it would be!
Still a great night.
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. If not for the minor sound difficulties, this was gig of the year for 'sense of occasion'. A fabulous night.

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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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