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Ernie Wilkins: “If you don't look at the liner notes, you don't know who in the hell it is. Everybody sounds alike, that same million-note approach. Faceless.” – (Crescendo November 1975).

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Ben Williams: “A lot of jazz today has developed this allergy to simplicity. ‘If it’s simple, that means it’s not hip’ is a theme. But sometimes the simplest thing you can do is the hippest thing you can do.” – (Down Beat August 2015).

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Today Wednesday March 22

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.
Paul Skerritt Band - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
John Harle and Steve Lodder - Royal Grammar School, Eskdale Tce., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4DX. 7pm. £20 & £10. 60th birthday tour for RGS alumnus Harl.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £4.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Jazz Co-op @ The Globe: The Safe Sextet - January 21

Don Forbes (trumpet); John Rowland (ten sax); Paul Gowland (alto sax); Alan Law (piano); Paul Grainger (bass); Paul Wight (drums).
(Review by Ann Alex)
The band gave another of their stellar performances to a small but appreciative audience.  Enough said? No, Blogmaster Lance and the reputation of BSH demands much more of a review. Here goes.
Even the warm up cum sound check was fun, at least for the listener.  Much discussion about how many times to play the head for The Bridge, then a quick play through of an eastern-sounding tune, which I don’t think was played during the set, but I could be mistaken about that.
Don explained that they would play lots of Stan Tracy, including tunes from Under Milk Wood , and also numbers originally done by EmCee 5. The Bridge was written about the pub near the High Level Bridge, a good solid four square tune with useful silences and tenor, trumpet and piano solos; Downbeat After Dark reminded Don of when he was 17 and returning from nights out and the tune suitably moves down the scale to end quietly with the alto sax, clever stuff. The One That Got Away may refer to a drummer who escaped from a band and was a fast furious piece of many notes and an Ian Carr solo taken straight from the CD.  Penpals from Under Milk Wood was trumpet led, flowingly romantic, and I Lost My Specs In Nantucket weaved about neatly with a distinctly Monkish feel. Dobson’s Choice was another four square tune to round off the first set.
The second set opened with No Good Boyo and Under Milk Wood, the latter, a favourite of mine, slow, meditative, atmospheric, drums using brushes and light cymbals, horns in harmony, piano at the end.  Then a Scottish influenced Emcee5 number, Bell Blues (bluebells, get it?) military drumming, Scottish riffs on the horns, gradually showing more jazzy influences, low Scottish chords on the piano. There followed Stephenson’s Rocket with a Latin influence; John O’ Groats, the final tune in which no holds were barred, and an encore, on demand, a tricksy tune whose name I didn’t catch, too busy dressing for the metro journey.
Too many good solos to single anyone out and the set was well outlined by Don.  If you weren’t there you missed a treat.
Ann Alex

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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.
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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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