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Bebop Spoken There

Jim Hall: "Won't play loud, can't play fast" - (From one of the great guitarist's business cards brought to our attention by Roly Veitch).

Joel Harrison: “It’s incredibly hard to play bebop on guitar, harder than on saxophone.” – (Jazz Times August 2015)

Today Tuesday June 27

Evening
CANCELLED! Atlas - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:15pm. £10/£8 (conc.). JNE 'Women Make Music'.
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Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
Maine Street Jazzmen - British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Between the Devil and the Deep South Blues

Crime writer Ace Atkins has taken over from the late Robert B.Parker, with the approval of Parker's estate, of continuing the Spenser private eye novels. He does it well, keeping the feel of the original whilst adding his own Chandleresque take - the best of two worlds. The hero, in between drinking whisky, beer and coffee and solving cases, invariably has a jazz record playing ('cept when he's in bed with Susan). Great stuff.
However, it's Atkins first novel - Crossroads Blues - I'm writing about here. A powerful crime novel, I'd picked it up in a charity shop some years ago, based around the search for some rare Robert Johnson blues records. Robert Johnson , King of the Delta Blues, we all know did, by legend, sell his soul to the Devil at a crossroads in Mississippi in return for his prodigious talent.
Maybe he did, maybe he didn't but, when I first read Crossroads Blues, I vowed I was going to search for a Robert Johnson CD if such a one existed.
The next day I was in a market in Sunderland. They had a record stall and, you're never gonna believe this but, the very first record I saw was Robert Johnson: Crossroad Blues
I began to wonder, was this just coincidence? Or did the Devil have a hand in moving it to the front of the pile...?
Beelzebub.

1 comment :

  1. thanks for letting me know about Ace Atkins Lance. As you know I adored the Robert B Parker books, and Spenser in particular, who was also a Jazz fan!

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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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