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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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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Charity Shopping - the New Junk Shopping

Saturday afternoons usually find me trawling the charity shops looking for some elusive paperback. I never bother looking at the CDs - the number of review CDs I receive take up all of my listening hours. I rarely have the opportunity to play the ones I want to play let alone buy new ones.
However, today, in the Marie Curie shop in Jarrow's Viking Precinct, I glanced at them and I couldn't believe my eyes - Bobby Hackett - At the Jazz Band Ball 1938-1940. £1! "Good grief!" I cried. Not only was Bobby Hackett in the box on the shop floor but also CDs by Ellington, Basie, Don Redman, Luis Russell, Chet Baker, Red Allen, Slim Gaillard, Memphis 5, Nat Cole and others.
I was tempted to buy the lot but, realising I'd never find the time to play them, I stuck with Bobby Hackett. It's an absolute gem. He's with the Condon gang on most of the tracks, there's also a couple of Maxine Sullivan vocals as well as some big band tracks - I didn't even know he'd led a big band!
Apparently it didn't last long, Hackett, it would seem, didn't have the cold, business approach that Miller, Goodman and the Dorsey brothers had.
Miller actually employed Hackett as a guitarist although he did unstring him for that memorable String of Pearls solo. Possibly the best solo ever in Miller's civilian band. Certainly the one that every trumpet player of a certain age knows by heart - a bit like the High Society clarinet chorus!
Listening to his cornet playing it isn't hard to see the link he provided between Bix and Chet. All three had a rare lyricism. 
So I bought it - for 50p! They must have been having a sale!
I may be back tomorrow - they open Sundays although possibly not Easter ones!
Lance.

3 comments :

  1. And of course he did the superb "solo" on Tony Bennett's "The very thought of you"

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  2. Lucky it was a CD and not vinyl - probably would not have been playable!!

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  3. Hey Hugh - ain't nothing wrong with vinyl, the sound is better and you can read the liner notes without a magnifying glass!

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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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