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Bebop Spoken There

Miles Kington: "If the intake of alcohol fails to improve a jazz player's performance, why do jazz listeners think it improves their appreciation?" - (Jazz Express October 1982).

Barbara Jay: "My first gig was at the Astoria, Charing Cross Rd. It seemed like a den of iniquity to me. All the Soho girls were there and the gigolos with their old women paying them to dance..." - (Jazz UK May 2008.)

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Today Tuesday February 28

Bill Laurence Group - Sage Gateshead. 8pm. £17.40.
Alex Munk's Flying Machines - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £10/£8. JNE/Schmazz gig.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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Monday, May 23, 2016

More on Noel Dennis Trio @ Jazz Cafe - May 20

(By JC).
One of the best things about the new (chaotic) road system around the Central Station and Pink Lane is that a taxi can now drop you off directly outside the Jazz Cafe and there is always something exciting about stepping out into a crowded noisy street and hearing sounds of jazz floating on the air. Opening the door to the Cafe the music hit straight away as the band were in full flow.  As the reviewer says Friday nights at the Cafe have become the place to be and this was a top-notch group, playing at the top of their game. The whole session was great and it was a real buzz to be there.
Then there was the extraordinary left-field Milesian moment the review mentions as a highlight...and it was! After a masterly rendition of Blue in Green (I would suggest MD left that note out on purpose) Andy Champion segued into something entirely different but recognisable on the double bass, Paul Edis got to work inside the piano and Noel Dennis started firing off razor sharp staccato notes. It sounded like late 60s Miles but what was that doing here? Then, of course, why not? These guys can play anything and you wouldn't go to a Picasso exhibition and expect just to see works from his Blue period. It's just that you never do go to a gig and hear a piece from Bitches Brew played live - fantastic.
JC
ps - following on from the rather nice drawings included in the review, here's a picture of a card I came across recently.

1 comment :

  1. You could be right, it just means you've got to play the record again. First time I ever heard Blue in Green was on a Channel 4 Jazz Night and it had a voiceover and didn't get as far as 'the missing note' so I didn't know it was missing until the album, ordered from Musicor in Durham, arrived shortly afterwards.

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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.
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