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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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Monday, October 05, 2015

CD Review: Frank Kohl Quartet - Invisible Man

Frank Kohl (gtr); Tom Kohl (pno); Steve LaSpina (bs); Jon Doty (dms).
(Review by Lance).
After wading through the albums that land on the doormat and wondering if jazz is still jazz, along comes an album like this.
A sheer delight! Not a pedal board in sight! Barney Kessel; Herb Ellis; Joe Pass; Jim Hall and now Frank Kohl. Music to delight these jaded and increasingly confused ears! I shouldn't be reviewing this - it should be Roly, Jim Birkett, Steve Glendinning, Bradley or Giles Strong, guys who are guitarists and aficionados of this oft abused instrument. No abuse on this album! A mix of originals and gassers featuring Kohl on his third CD.
Brother Tom on piano is the perfect foil - what music must have been made in that household! Frank encountered LaSpina at a Jim Hall gig and immediately earmarked him for this recording - wise move! His solos are just perfect and Doty's drums are ideal for this line-up. Sympathetic, driving, but never overpowering. 
The instrumental version of Funny Valentine gives that overworked song a reprieve. Round About has nothing to do with midnight but swings along like a mid-afternoon stroll in Central Park.
My One and Only Love is given the treatment this beautiful tune deserves. I never knew, until now, that the composer, Guy Wood, was born in Manchester! Alone Together rounds off a superb CD.
Check him out. The album may be entitled The Invisible Man but, with this release, it could be the most inappropriate title ever - in a perfect world...
Available now on Pony Boy Records - want to buy a guitarist a Xmas present? Look no further.
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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