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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)

Sir Thomas Beecham: "Forget about the bars. Look at the phrases, please. Remember that bars are only the boxes in which the music is packed" - (Beecham Stories by Harold Atkins & Archie Newman. Robson Books, 1978).

Today Wednesday June 28

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.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café. 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £5/Students free - voluntary donation.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, January 11, 2016

CD Review: Hannes Riepler - Wild Life

Hannes Riepler (gtr); Chris Cheek (sax): Oli Hayhurst (bs); James Maddren (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Two hipsters meet in a bar near Ronnie's. One of them is in shock. "I can't believe it man but I heard it with my own ears!"
"Heard what man?"
"A CD and, wait for it, James Maddren wasn't on drums!"
"Have you checked with A & E?"
"First thing man, he ain't there."
"Must be a crap CD then!
Slightly exaggerated I know but James does seem to turn up in many guises.
Justifiably so, as this disc demonstrates.
A drummer, a man for all seasons. Along with Olie Hayhurst, the pair provide the impetus for some beautiful playing from Chris Cheek - an American and, no, it isn't an Art Salt cover up! However, Cheek does display many of Pepper's qualities - lyricism, exploration, sound and an ability to extract everything from the material at hand.
Riepler, an Austrian now an integral part of the London scene, proves to be the perfect foil for Cheek's explorations, his own chordal machinations adding to the mix and, forever bursting forth solowise like the first cuckoo in spring.
As the blurb says "This is not fast food music" - it isn't. But, if music is indeed the food of love, I'll dine out on this for a long time.
They tour in January.
12 - Cardiff.
14 - Cambridge.
15 - London.
19 - Innsbruck
Now they've got 4 days between London and Innsbruck... nah! - just a thought...
Lance.
Hannes Riepler - Wild Life available on Jellymould from February 8.

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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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