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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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Archives.

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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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, April 29, 2016

The Partikel Quartet @ The Jazz Café April 26

Duncan Eagles (saxophone); Max Luthert (bass); Eric Ford (drums); Benet McLean (violin)
(Review by Steve H/Photo courtesy of Ken Drew)
Five minutes before the gig had started the band outnumbered the audience by a factor of 2 to 1. Fortunately, by the end of a very entertaining evening, the numbers had swelled to, whilst not quite a capacity crowd, it was, nevertheless, a respectable sized one. 
Originally a trio, Partikel made their last album String Theory with a string quartet. When taking this album on the road they decided it wasn’t going to be economically viable to lug the entire quartet around the country.  A simple solution was found by adding the string quartet’s violinist Benet Mclean to the lineup for the current tour. This addition proved such as success that completely new compositions  evolved out of the new format and much of what was played on Tuesday night  featured the new works. These new pieces will form the basis of the band’s shortly to be recorded new album.   Judging from this live performance it should be well worth waiting for.  As a single unit, the band really gel. Formidable drumming from Ford and strident bass from Luthert really set up the scene . The individual solo’s from Eagles and Mclean were great but it was when the entire band played as an ensemble that thing really got things going. Both Eagles and Mclean incorporate electronics with their instruments and the interplay and sounds created between sax and violin were exotic, exciting and exhilarating. Most of the music was played at a kick-ass pace but there were several slower passages throughout the evening to keep the interest at peak levels. At the end of 2 very enjoyable sets the ever so distinguished audience asked for and were subsequently given an encore by this very talented and affable band.
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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