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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)

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Today Tuesday July 25

Evening
Misha Mullov-Abbado Sextet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane NE25 5DW. 8pm. Free.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. £10 & £8. JNE gig.
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Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Archipelago @ The Globe April 22

John Pope (Electric Bass), Christian Alderson (Drums) and Faye MacCalman (Sax/Clarinet). 
(Review by Steve H/Photo manipulation by Lance)
I first came across this band just over a year ago when John and Faye played a very enjoyable duo gig at The Jazz Cafe. It was one of their first gigs and at the time, I thought they had great potential. Following on from an extremely well-received performance at GIJF last Sunday the band played another marvellous gig on Friday night at the Jazz Coop. I am happy to say that this band has definitely fulfilled this early promise and now with drums on board.  
The trio played a kicking improvised set full of hard hitting riffs and rhythms. Although really free in format, the music was really accessible so much so that there were a couple of audience members actually dancing to the grooves.  John Pope normally seen on double bass was a revelation on electric bass using various electronic gizmos to produce all nature of fascinating effects. The addition of Christian Alderson on drums really gives the band a grounding and focus - a very positive addition indeed. Faye MacCalman was simply awesome giving an unrelenting exhibition of tenor and clarinet playing incorporating an unbelievable range of tones and sounds. Given how her playing has developed in the last year who knows how far this young lady will go in the jazz world? At the end of the set, the audience gave a truly deserved rousing ovation.
The gig was part of the first Koan series of improvised music to be held over the next three months at The Globe. The events aim to promote a range of improvised music. Last night the evening was started off by the duo trubba not and Nigel of Coalburns a combination of improvised guitar and vocals augmented with strange electronic devices. Concluding the evening Sean Cotterill played computer, programming sounds in real time as the code was displayed on a screen!
A varied and thoroughly enjoyable evening with the added bonus of quality hand-pulled ale.
Steve.

1 comment :

  1. Thanks Steve Koan 2 is coming up fast at the Globe on May 27th With another genre bending mix with Tim Shaw and John Bowers, Kilo Grandma, Posset and Heatpod

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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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