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Bebop Spoken There

Allison Neale: “It’s difficult if you play mainstream in the UK, it isn’t appreciated enough. The current scene seems to focus on musician-composers.” - (Jazz Journal April 2013).

Liam Noble: “I know some people think playing standards is old-fashioned but I love it.” – (Jazz Journal January 2016).

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Today Sunday February 19

Afternoon.
Nick Pride (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Evening
Lyndon Anderson Band - Bottle Bar & Kitchen, St. James Boulevard, Waterloo Sq., Newcastle NE1 4DN. 6pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Jazz Co-op @ The Globe: Milne & Johnston Band: March 19

Debra Milne (vocals); Bradley Johnston (guitar); Michael Whent (bass guitar); Mark Robertson (drums)
(Review by Ann Alex/photo courtesy of Eugene Milne).
This was a most enjoyable gig with good performances from all 4 musicians.  Michael Whent did  especially well as he was depping for the regular bassist and, as such, wasn’t familiar with some of the tunes, not  that you’d have guessed.  Bradley was on top form (when is he not?); Debra tackled some difficult songs well, and Mark came up with really classy drumming. What’s not to like?
I was particularly pleased by some of the interesting lyrics, especially in the original songs which had come from the pens of Bradley and Debra.  Golson’s tune Killer Joe became a song with Debra’s words, Relax, and we all did relax on hearing Debra do scatted 4’s with Bradley’s guitar, highly original stuff.  Just You, Just Me included Debra’s vocalese which told us all about improvising; this was followed by a catchy, amusing bebop number [Eddie Jefferson's vocalese version of Miles' solo on So What] explaining how Miles Davis and Coltrane walked offstage to practise more. Too Busy for Thinking was boppy and lively as you’d expect and The Pickup, all about making a date, swung along well.
Standards included Chick Corea's 500 Miles High, with Bradley soloing at the high end of the guitar and call and response between guitar and singer; Gee Baby was a tender love song with gently caressing drums; It Ain’t Necessarily So had Bradley bending notes; also heard were Horace Silver’s Pretty Eye; Too Darn Hot; Born To Be Blue; Desifinado. The final number was a wonderfully slinky Tom Waits song Temptation, with devilish sounding clanky drums, well suited to the subject.   
Another musical treat at the Globe.
Ann Alex

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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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