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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.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

GIJF: John Surman w. Alexander Hawkins Trio @ Sage Gateshead. April 16

John Surman (bar/sop); Alexander Hawkins (pno); Neil Charles (bs); Tom Skinner (dms).
(Review by Lance/Photo Credit: John Watson/Jazzcamera.co.uk).
It was back in the late 1960s when, still in his early '20s, Surman emerged as the fastest baritone saxophone player in the west (country) when he was the anchor man of the, then, revolutionary Mike Westbrook group. Fifty years on, He's still fast out of the blocks and a stayer too! The first piece lasted 30 minutes. 
"I won't bother with titles," said Surman, "They're meaningless!"
Let's face it, with many contemporary originals, this is true. Commendable honesty.
Surman appears, like Evan Parker, to have conquered the circular breathing thing. At one point he appeared to be able to play shimmering notes until the cows came home or the audience left without breathing. Some did leave. The second number was a mere 15 minutes - I felt short changed! Hawkins was let loose on this one with a solo of such ferocity it made Cecil Taylor sound like Russ Conway
. Charles played a lot of bowed bass albeit, seemingly, without any resin on the bow - even jazz musicians have to face up to austerity cuts. Skinner played in and around the gaps, occasionally exploding. There were times when it all came together and times when it didn't. I didn't hang around for the next number - it could have been a 3-day event and, besides, the Northern Monkey Brass Band were on the Concourse...
Lance.

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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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