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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.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Pilgrim St. Set in Party Mood @ Hoochie coochie - Dec. 10

Richard Burns (tpt); Gary Turner (ten); Mark Williams (gtr); Paul Susans (bs); Rob Walker (dms) + Graham Hardy (tpt); David Gray (tmb).
(Review by Lance).
The party season is upon us. A time for much bonhomie and plenty of wassailing. With cocktails at 2 for the price of 1 the wassailers were out in force, as were the younger jazz element. On stage, the Christmas tree glowed yet paled into insignificance compared to the flames being fanned by the musicians.
As ever, the band were on fire, each solo played as if, rather than being Christmas, it was the eve of Armageddon! Mark Williams, depping for Paul Edis, slotted in seamlessly. His solos building from tentative probes to volcanic eruptions that relegated Mount Etna to the Europa League. 
Equally awesome was Gary Turner - he blows with forked tongue, achieving on tenor what Roland Kirk needed three horns to do. The Turner Prize takes on a whole new meaning when Gary blows.
Richard Burns also burned, albeit slightly more sedately. However, with two other brassmen waiting in the wings, he knew this wasn't a night for coasting. Paul Susans didn't rest on his laurels either but gave a masterclass in bass guitar playing much appreciated and applauded by the music students at the front row tables.
Rob Walker - what a driver! With the storm he kicks up you either put up or shut up.
They put up!
Still there is more. Being Christmas, something extra was needed.
Something extra arrived in the form of guest musicians Graham Hardy and David Gray.
Trumpet ace Hardy had an extended blast in the first set, trombonist Gray in the second with both combining for a finale that sounded like an avant garde band playing Dixieland (or vice versa) - it was exciting to say the least.
This was one great start to the festive season - not a "Bah Humbug" to be heard!
Photos.
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. Sounds like a fab gig, Lance! I'd have been there, for sure - had I not been wallowing in another glorious Motown fantasy night!

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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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