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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.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Let Spin @ Jazz Café - Oct. 27

Chris Williams (alto sax); Moss Freed (guitar); Ruth Goller (bass); Finlay Panter (drums).
(Review by Steve H/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew).
Having returned recently from New Orleans, the jazz capital of the world, it was refreshing to see a contemporary modern jazz band playing in the jazz capital of the UK. Don’t get me wrong the music in New Orleans is magnificent with musicians playing on every corner 24/7. The main music sidewalk Frenchman Street has dozens of bars with live music all seeming to feature several bands a night. However, the music tends to be of the ‘tourist variety’- entertaining but nothing to write home about.
A good sized crowd gathered at the Jazz Cafe on Tuesday to listen to Let Spin for what proved to be a triumphant return to Tyneside having performed so successfully at their gig last year at The Bridge. All four band members have had successful careers with other bands:-  Chris Williams is a founder member of Led Bib, Moss Freed has his own outfit Moss Project, Ruth Goller is a member of Acoustic Ladyland, and Finlay Panter hails from the Beats & Pieces Big Band.
This band, though, appears to bear testament to the old adage of the sum being greater than its parts. All members share the writing credits, indeed each member has 2 compositions on their new album LET GO. The band seem to thoroughly revel in their collectivity with one another, with no single member hogging the limelight. Apart from Goller’s eclectic slightly minimalist piece All Animals are Beautiful, the tunes all seem to follow the same path. Starting off with a bit of drum and bass groove and just as one is getting comfortable they suddenly explode into a technicoloured whirlpool of exhilarating driving heavy rocking jazz which lifts the listener to a different stratosphere. It is hard and maybe a little unfair to single any one number out but the second set rendition of Up and at Em was truly outstanding with Finlay Panter on drums really giving it his all. At the end of the gig I’m sure I heard cheers of appreciation from the audience. All they need to do now maybe is add a couple of ballads to their repertoire to become the perfect band.
Steve.

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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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