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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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Monday February 20

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Holy Moly & The Crackers + Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra - The Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle. 7pm. £10.
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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Deep Whole Trio @ The Bridge Hotel, Newcastle - April 10

Paul Dunmall (reeds); Paul Rogers (7-string bass); Mark Sanders (drums)
(Review by Steve H/Photo courtesy of Ken Drew) 
This was billed as a European free jazz supergroup and this Splinter/JNE gig certainly lived up to the advanced hype. The trio hit the ground running from the first note of the first set to the very last blast of the second set. The last couple of improvised gigs that I’d attended had taken a while to get going but, somehow, these 3 guys managed to find their groove immediately.
The band continually built up wave upon wave of fascinating rhythms and riffs. At times, one would drift off for a few seconds only to be brought back to full concentration by a fascinating passage of improvisation. Rogers and his custom built 7 string double bass, shaped like a giant pineapple, is the most animated bass player I have ever seen. At times, he appeared almost to be having a wrestling match with his instrument and if his bow had been a saw he would have sliced through the double bass in seconds.
Dunmall played various saxophones throughout, including, to great effect, the electronic ewi. Meanwhile, Sanders produced a masterclass on percussion incorporating a wide range of implements to produce a wonderful assortment of sounds. The name of the band emphasises that age-old cliché of the sum of the parts being greater than the individual elements (virtuoso though they maybe).  A uniquely magical experience which really leaves you wondering how on earth it was done for there were no smoke or mirrors evident in this performance.
Steve H.

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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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