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Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Steve Voce: “Most of us have been crashed into by cretins who walk along the road absorbed in the screens of their mobile phones.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

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Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 22 in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Today Friday May 26

Afternoon
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Paul Wilkinson - St. Nicholas Cathedral, St. Nicholas Square, Newcastle NE1 1PF. 1:05pm. Retiring collection.
Mark Williams/Joel Byrne McCullough - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Ruth Lambert Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm, £7 (£6 in advance.)
Hand to Mouth (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - High Friars Lane (Tyneside Cinema), Free, al fresco, 8pm. food and drink available.
?????????? - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8pm. Free.
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Imelda May - Sage Gateshead. 7pm. £38.20/£27.30 VIP Option £104.
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Ushaw College, nr. Durham. 7:30pm. £7.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Mesmeric Metamorphic Rolls with Røyst @ Newcastle Jazz Cafe - November 20

Metamorphic Laura Cole (Piano); Kerry Andrew (Voice); Chris Williams (Alto Sax); John Martin (Soprano/Tenor Sax); Oliver Dover (Bass Clarinet); Paul Sandy, Seth Bennet (Double Basses) Tom Greenhalgh (Drums).
Røyst Trio  Kari Bleivik, Ceceilie Giskamo , Maria Jardardotti (voices)
(Review by Steve H/Photo courtesy of Mike Tilley).
The collaboration of Laura Cole’s Metamorphic and Norwegian a capella trio Røyst really rocked Newcastle’s go to place for jazz on a Friday night. This night began with short sets from each band: a very folksy a capella offering from the Nordic trio, and a gutsy couple from the octet - the highlight being a wonderful improvised non-lexical vocal from Kerry Andrew.  
The bands then joined forces for a marvellously extended piece which is hard to categorise as there was so much going on folk, contemporary classical, jazz etc. etc. Whatever it was, it was bloody fantastic and at half time the crowd was left on a high. The second half carried on from where the first left off although this time with shorter pieces written by various members of the cooperative. The combinations of 4 voices, 3 horns, 2 double basses*, drums and a piano creating a fascinating, stimulating and most enjoyable offering. If only Newcastle United’s 11 could produce such magic I wouldn’t have had to suffer such a miserable Saturday afternoon after such a wonderful Friday night. 
Steve H  
* Just like London double decker buses you wait ages for a band featuring 2 double basses to come along and then two come along almost at once  (see Friday’s review Peter Ehwald Double Trouble  here .)  

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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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