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Bebop Spoken There

Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Steve Voce: “Most of us have been crashed into by cretins who walk along the road absorbed in the screens of their mobile phones.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Today Wednesday May 24

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

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Burt, Champion & Mwamba @ The Bridge Hotel February 7

George Burt: Guitar, Andy Champion: Bass, Corey Mwamba: Vibes. 
(Review by Steve H/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew) 
This was improvisation at its most improvised. Three consummate musicians, mutually inspired, produced two fascinating sets, although to be honest, I didn’t recognise any of the tunes. Corey Mwamba seems to play the Vibes like nobody else I’ve ever seen. Besides using various combinations of mallets he extracts sound using his hands, fingers, a bit of rope and even his breath. Not to be outdone Champion the Wonder Bass employed the bow and a mallet on his double bass to great effect. Burt also has an unusual instrumental style seeming to hit the guitar strings rather than strum them. What amazes me as a non-musician was how quickly the guys were able to pick up what their fellow band mates were doing. They were then each able to empathise, improvise and augment what was going on. Absolutely fascinating and not only did the good sized audience seem to thoroughly enjoy it but the trio also seemed to revel in their creative comradeship. It may not be Bebop but it was certainly tiptop.
Steve

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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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