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Bebop Spoken There

Artie Shaw: “I'm not interested in giving people what they want--I'm interested in making music.” – (DownBeat October 15, 1939).

Jason Marsalis: “There's so many places that this music can go and there's a lot yet to be discovered.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Monday March 19


Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Higher Education & Research Presents: Future Grooves - Sage Gateshead. 12 noon. £5.00. Showcase performances by BMus & BA degree course students feat jazz & non-jazz sets.


Higher Education & Research Presents: Future Grooves - Sage Gateshead. 7:00pm. £5.00. Showcase performances by BMus & BA degree course students feat jazz & non-jazz sets.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

CD Review: Tord Gustavsen - What was said.

Tord Gustavsen Piano, Simin Tander Vocal,  Jarle Vespestad Drums
(Review by Steve H)
Well this is Nordic jazz with a twist. Gustavsen teams up with long-time collaborator drummer Jarl Vespestad and Afghan-German vocalist Simin Tander.  The core of this album is traditional Norwegian hymns but translated into Pashto. The process of which, according to Gustavsen, has given the music a far more multi faith and spiritual feel than the originals which to him are his ‘standards’.
An English version of Beat poet Kenneth Rexroth’s I Refuse is quite stirring. There are also English versions of the verse of Sufi mystic Jalal al_Din Rumi. As a third strand to this album there are several instrumental only pieces which have a far more familiar jazz feel to them.
This music is as far away from the jazz that evolved out of New Orleans as the Mississippi Delta is to the Norwegian fjords.
The combination of Tander’s haunting vocals juxtaposed with Gustavsen’s delicate piano and Vespestad sympathetic drums make this a gentle, and contemplative experience. Whatever your personal faith happens to be either spiritually or musically there is enough on offer to make this a thoroughly worthwhile listen.
As Rumi wrote in the Middle Ages ‘This love we feel pours through us like a giveaway song. The source of now is here.’
Tord Gustavsen - What was said. is currently available on ECM  475 8697.


Anonymous said...

Erm, not sure if it should be 'Tinder's haunting vocals'. Doubtless appening.

Lance said...

? Elaborate please!

Anonymous said...

...the singer's name is spelt in three different ways.

Lance said...

Ah! I think we've nailed it this time - difficult finding staff who speak Norwegian! Appreciate your observation Mr ?

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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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