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Bebop Spoken There

Jackie McLean: “I can't understand British audiences. In Britain there doesn't seem to be any curiosity." (Melody Maker, April 1, 1961).

Charles Mingus: "It seems to me that if our records were not issued in Britain, the British cats would have to think for themselves" (Jazz News, July 26th 1961)

Archives.

Today Wednesday July 26

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.
Jo Harrop & Joel Byrne McCullough - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge. 7:30pm. 0191 2399924
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Friday, November 20, 2015

CD Review: Maciek Pysz - A Journey


A reminder of tomorrow night at The Globe.
Maciek Pysz (gtr); Daniele di Bonaventura (bandoneon/pno); Yuri Goloubev (bs); Asaf Sirkis (dms).
(Review by Lance).
If this record is anything to go by, every guitar enthusiast in the north east will be heading for the Globe Jazz Bar, Newcastle, on Saturday Nov. 21 when the Jazz Coop present the outstanding Polish guitarist Maciek Pysz in concert. This is a major coup for the Coop and I can't visualise anyone wanting to miss it. If you can't make it (like you're in jail or on an Antarctic expedition) then this album is a good substitute for the real thing. But, be warned, once you've played it you'll want to be there anyway!
The Globe gig is actually a trio gig which means the bandoneon/piano of Bonaventura will be missing. This is both good news and bad news. the bad news is that the bandoneon, so effective here, will be absent. The good news is that it means we'll hear more of Maciek Pysz (don't ask me for a pronunciation!) and that is good news as he is one of the most melodic and innovative guitarists I've heard for many a year. Gouloubev handles the bass duties well and, with Sirkis on kit, what could go wrong?
Answer, nothing!
All the compositions, bar one, are by the leader and they are as melodic and harmonically  satisfying as his solos.
A Journey, Maciek says, is a blend of his experiences and emotions travelling through Europe. Some of the titles are intriguing - I Saw you Again. Perhaps a chance glimpse of a former lover/friend with someone else? Until Next Time... Peacefully Waiting... Coming Home... 
Hopefully he will relate the story behind these titles on November 21. In the meantime just sit back and enjoy this delicious offering of musical delicacies.
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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