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Bebop Spoken There

Sonny Rollins: "I work very hard. I wear out suits playing." - (Downbeat May 29, 1969.)

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Bob Brookmeyer: "The group's philosophy? We're saving to buy new uniforms - the ties wore out." - (Crescendo March 1965).

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Archives.

Today Sunday March 26

Afternoon.
Ralph Keeley (solo piano) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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The Blitz Sisters - The Exchange, Howard St., North Shields NE30 1SE. 1pm. £20 inc. Afternoon tea.
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More Jam - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Open jam session. Free.
Evening
Dougie Pugh Quartet - Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm. £5.

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

Sunday, October 18, 2015

CD Review: Baden Powell - Live In Berlin.

Baden Powell (guitar/voice).
(Review by Lance).
Although nothing to do with the founder of the boy scouts movement, after whom the guitarist was named, "be prepared" to hear some of the greatest Brazilian guitar music ever - an iconic piece of musical history. 
A double CD of solo Brazilian guitar may, I thought at first, be regarded warily - surely I'd be bored silly by the end? Bored? by track 2 I was already in the virtual rainforest wallowing in the artistry of an amazing musician who blends jazz and his native music so seamlessly.

Recorded in Berlin's Volksbühne Theatre in 2000, just months before his death that same year, Powell gives a compelling solo performance that takes the audience by storm - witness the applause after each number. A mixture of the familiar and the unfamiliar, the master draws on many influences including, unsurprisingly, bossa nova, samba and other South American rhythms.
Compositions from Jobim, Luis Bonfa, J. Sebastian Bach and, of course, Powell himself.
The Bach piece, Toccata 147 (Air on a G String), runs for over 7 minutes and not a second is superfluous. Whilst this may have been seen as "carrying coals to Newcastle" the audience didn't think so and applauded vociferously.
On the final track of there is an uncredited drummer on Powell's own Marcha escocesa instrumental otherwise it's a solo flight to Rio via Berlin.
A complete concert spread over 2 CDs or 3 LPS. A DVD of previously unreleased film footage of the concert has also been released.
Track details.
Available from October 23 on MPS.
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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