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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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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, September 06, 2015

Jazz Machine @ The Globe - Gilligan/Glendinning @ The Jazz Café

Pepe Greenaway (alt); Adam Sams (gtr); Dave Parker (bs); Peter Ninnim (dms).
(Review by Lance).
"A work in progress" continues to be the motto of the Jazz Machine. The 'progress' is in the form of the addition to their ranks  of young guitarist Adam Sams. These days, guitarists seem to be rolling off the conveyer belt almost as frequently as girl jazz singers and, in the case of Sams, a most welcome addition. Technically accomplished, he soloed inventively and, thankfully, used the array of pedals at his feet sparingly.
The repertoire included a lot of boppy themes (Oleo; Impressions; Pent-up House; Ron Carter's Little Waltz; Tenor/Alto Madness) originals (How's That?; Black Cloud Chantelle) and standards (You've Changed; Norwegian Wood.)
The bebop lines played in unison by alto and guitar sounded good and gave the impression of a larger ensemble. Greenaway can certainly get around the horn although sometimes sounding a bit fragmentary when exploring the altissimo register.
Parker's baby bass made up in volume for what it lacked in size and his solos, an integral part of the band's format. Ninnim, as expected, drove things along nicely.
A good gig that was worthy of more support. Photos.
As the strains of Tenor (alto) Madness faded the 32 bus loomed on the horizon enabling those who were so inclined to jump on it then, two stops later, jump off it at the Jazz Café where Peter Gilligan and Steve Glendinning were reprising last Saturday at the Globe.
Nica's Dream was the number that heralded our arrival and it sounded good - this had certainly been a night for guitar enthusiasts with Steve on form and, of course, Pete on piano his ever swinging self.
A good evening all round and a well travelled one - 27 bus/Metro/22 bus/32 bus/Metro/27 bus.
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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