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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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Archives.

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, October 25, 2015

Charles Gordon & Kenny Hewitt @ The Jazz Café – October 24

Charles Gordon (keyboards & vocals) & Kenny Hewitt (tenor & soprano saxophones)
(Review by Russell)
Seats were at a premium this busy Saturday night. The Jazz Café did good business early on and it stayed that way. From one week to the next there’s no guessing as to how many people will turn up. Perhaps the prospect of an extra hour in bed (British ‘Summer’ Time ended at 2:00am – did anyone notice a seasonal change?) persuaded some to venture out.
Charles Gordon’s keyboards set-up dwarfed Kenny Hewitt’s low maintenance set-up of a saxophone in hand, another to one side, and a music stand. As one would expect of a long established working duo they started right on time. Spooky and Little Sunflower and some Sting suggested this would be an evening of jazz standards and familiar pop material. The introduction of one or two of Gordon’s compositions added an unexpected dimension. As the pianist’s liking for jazz-pop material is well known, his chosen subject matter came as something of a surprise: D Day and Burning in Burma ranged across global conflict and a never-ending litany of man’s inhumanity to man.
Keyboards and reeds is an established format, well within the capabilities of both Charles Gordon and Kenny Hewitt. It was, therefore, disappointing that the pianist didn’t play the Jazz Café’s upright piano, preferring to distract the listener with the frequent use of drum backing tracks. The venue’s Saturday evening stripped-down duo format offered them the opportunity to stretch out, yet, for the most part, they restrained themselves. This was, for some, a source of frustration. Only occasionally did Hewitt reveal that lurking within is a tenor player of considerable power awaiting emancipation.   
An enjoyable evening concluded with a disturbing, bizarre tale of someone (Mr Gordon?) shouting dementedly: Show me your dog…I wanna kill your dog tonight. Keep taking the medication! 
Photos.
(Russell)    

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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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