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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

RIP David Bowie

The sad news of David Bowie's death has dominated the media (including London Transport) and no doubt will continue to do so for the foreseeable future and rightly so - the man was a rock legend. 
And yet, his latest CD, Blackstar, is referred to in some quarters as a jazz inspired  album. Recorded with saxist Donny McCaslin's Quartet and released only a few days ago, some may struggle to classify it as jazz, myself included, nevertheless, at a time like this genre is irrelevant. Let's be thankful that there is one more album for his fans to cherish.
This may have been a change of direction for the singer who has always avowed jazz to have been his first love and, over the years, his music has been played by many jazz groups. The Jeff Herr Corporation at the Jazz Café in September and Dylan Howe'sSubterranean album being two that spring to mind. David Sanborn worked with him regularly so the link has always been there no matter how tenuous and submerged. 
To lose a legend at any age is sad and, these days, 69 isn't old.
Rest In Peace.
Obituary.
Lance

2 comments :

  1. I love his torch song version of Wild is the Wind on Station to Station. Devastated.

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  2. That's a lovely tribute to an amazing talent Lance. I can't quite believe that there won't be another Bowie album to look forward to, I was only posting on Friday night how fantastic Blackstar is. He was an enigma right to the end. x

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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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