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Bebop Spoken There

Jackie McLean: “I can't understand British audiences. In Britain there doesn't seem to be any curiosity." (Melody Maker, April 1, 1961).

Charles Mingus: "It seems to me that if our records were not issued in Britain, the British cats would have to think for themselves" (Jazz News, July 26th 1961)

Archives.

Today Thursday July 27

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:oopm. Free.
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Tyne Valley Jazzmen - No 1 Champagne Bar, 1 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL4 7 NJ 12:30pm. Free.
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Evening.
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - The Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth NE3 3DB. 7pm. Cancelled for pub refurbishment. Back August 31.
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Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.
Jo Harrop & Paul Edis - The Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm
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Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside NE16 5EE, 8:30pm. Free.
Ray Johnson & Richard Herdman - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling St., Gateshead NE2 2BA. 8pm. Free.
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Paul Skerritt Band - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. 9pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland (tpt); Donna Hewitt (alto); Graham Thompson (keys); Mark Hawkins (drums) - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Free. 9pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra "Jazz & Tapas" - No 60, Arc, Dovecote St., Stockton TS18 1LL 7pm. £10.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.01642 678129.
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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: Vitor Pereira Quintet - New World

Vitor  Pereira (gtr/comp); Chris Williams (alt); George Crowley (ten); Andrea Di Biase (bs); Dave Hamblett (dms).
(Review by Lance).
"The choice for its title emerged from the idea that we are living through turbulent times and our world is reaching a tipping point. A point where an an increasingly globalised economic system powered by unscrupulous profit orientated multinational corporations is on the verge of collapse.
Societies are polarised, climate is changing, the concentration of wealth in the hands of a few is reaching record levels and our world is in need of a rebirth.
A new world."

Thus the inspiration, they say, behind this, the second F-IRE release by the Vitor Pereira Quintet.
Maybe it is, maybe it isn't inspired by the above. As one who travels a politically free journey through life my sole interest here is the music and, it has to be said, it stands on its own soapbox. The workers unite and if they haven't totally thrown away their chains at least they've loosened them enabling them to move freely through Pereira's vision of a New World.
The music is contemporary, it's for today and, if this is the "New World", then it's worth booking a Day Saver return ticket to The Vortex on March 2 where the London album launch takes place.
Lance.
PS: Ignoring the claptrap, the musical manifesto is superb. Great blowing from Williams and Crowley, sooper dooper guitaring from Pereira, not to mention his compositions, and a bass/drums duo that are worthy of a post in any cabinet rhythm section.

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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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