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Bebop Spoken There

Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Friday April 28

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Dean Stockdale Trio - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord - St. Cuthbert's Centre, Church Hill, Crook DL15 9DN. 7:30pm.
Matt Roberts Sextet - Voodoo Café, Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 8pm. £6. 01325 467555. Darlington Jazz Festival.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7:00pm.
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Lazy River Jazz Band - Blenkinsopp Castle Inn, Nr. Greenhead CA8 7JS. 8pm. £5. Dancers welcome! 07721 375278 for more details.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Battersea Rain Dance Revisited

It was the passing of my dear friend Judith Moore that prompted me to seek out this legendary album. It was one of her favourites and was just as big a move forward for the Barber Band as the Lyttleton band had made ten years earlier. Probably more so as, whereas Humph had bridged the gap between Trad and Mainstream when he added Bruce Turner, Barber was jumping from Trad to the soulful modernism of Mingus and the emergent blues rock scene (Paul McCartney is credited with a 'yell' on one track!)
Forget Icecream and all  the Trad stuff - this was the session that predated and inspired the Big Chris Barber Band of later years.
Apart from Barber regulars such as Pat Halcox, John Crocker, Ian Wheeler, Graham Burbidge and Ottilie, others include Brian Auger, McCartney, Vivs Prince and Briggs and a whole lot more.
If you haven't heard it then check it out here..
Lance.
PS: Thank you, Judith.

2 comments :

  1. We used to have this album - and loved this track. I think John Slaughter was in the band too at the time ....... Btw, was Judith the friend of yours that we met at Hoochie a while ago? Such a shame - she seemed really canny.

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  2. Yes John Slaughter is in there slaying them on guitar.
    You did meet Judith in Hoochie one Thursday I think.

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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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