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Bebop Spoken There

Sonny Rollins: "I work very hard. I wear out suits playing." - (Downbeat May 29, 1969.)

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Bob Brookmeyer: "The group's philosophy? We're saving to buy new uniforms - the ties wore out." - (Crescendo March 1965).

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Archives.

Today Sunday March 26

Afternoon.
Ralph Keeley (solo piano) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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The Blitz Sisters - The Exchange, Howard St., North Shields NE30 1SE. 1pm. £20 inc. Afternoon tea.
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More Jam - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Open jam session. Free.
Evening
Dougie Pugh Quartet - Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm. £5.

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

Saturday, June 11, 2016

When Charlie Met Sonny: Mark Toomey/Lewis Watson Quintet - Jazz Café. June 10.

Mark Toomey (alt); Lewis Watson (ten); Jeremy McMurray (keys); Peter Ayton (bs); Paul Smith (dms).
(Review by Lance/photos courtesy of Mike Tilley).
Lewis Watson could be likened to the Loch Ness Monster. Sightings are reported but rarely are they confirmed. Submerged as he is in the Jason Isaacs Band this is not surprising. Tonight, though, the Monster arose from his slumbers and unleashed a mighty roar. A roar that sent every saxophone player north of Plymouth Sound and south of John O'Groats reaching for their Jerry Bergonzi tutor books.
Well not everyone. Co-bandleader Toomey is the perfect foil for Watson. Charlie Parker, Cannonball his Gods - meeting the Rollins/Coltrane juggernaut with his own serpentine lines that made for the perfect match.
In the engine room, McMurray comped and soloed in his own inimitable style, Smith was in overdrive and Ayton on, was it a Fender upright?, bass provided the heartbeat. Together, the five combined to produce some fine post-bop modern jazz.
I recognised the opener but couldn't put a name to it. What's in a name anyway as Shakespeare once said, - or was it John Surman?  In Walked Bud kept us on 52nd St., Mark Time, the first of Toomey's toons, then A Weaver of Dreams. This latter tune featured Watson who began and ended the ballad with lengthy Rollins-like cadenzas.
The set ended with a blast On Green Dolphin Street.
Wayne Shorter's Footprints began with a bass intro before the horns took off. Toomey the more orthodox, Watson less so, extending the range of the tenor into sopranino territory! 
Another Toomey original, Rain is for Today would have been deemed appropriate by anyone peering outside past the Bordello Red drapes, as the backdrop was described by our man JC who obviously knows a thing or two about these matters. Whatever, it was a good number as the altoists compositions invariably are.
Toomey's ballad feature, One Time There, was also one of his own. An enigmatic title for a melancholic piece that reminded me in places of Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most.
Joe Henderson's Recorda Me ended my evening as I had a train to catch and for once I caught it!
Great gig. 
The band can be heard again at the Opus 4 Jazz Club in the Traveller's Rest, Darlington on July 15.
Lance.

6 comments :

  1. Excellent review Lance great night

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  2. Francis Tulip (on f/b).Saturday, June 11, 2016 4:39:00 pm

    Great concert! I believe 'Sonnymoon for two' was the opener?

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  3. Oh yes - a fabulous gig ...... just a pity that the footie fans had booked all the cabs for after the concert was due to end, so I had to leave early ...... but another stonking night at the Jazz Caff!

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  4. All you missed Lance - I say all - was described as a Bebop Warhorse I know as Allens Alley from Miles and Tadd Dameron Paris 49 but I know it has a more famous title I can't remember but I'm sure you will, and an encore of Softly. Great night.

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  5. Dam(eron)! I wish I'd stayed a Tadd longer. I'd have sooner missed my train than miss that. A.K.A. 'Wee'. Allen's Alley featured Allen Eager on a Coleman Hawkins recording and Eager was actually part of the Bebop Spoken Here logo in the blog's early days. Wee recorded by The Quintet of the Year at Massey Hall in Canada (Bird, Diz, Bud, Mingus, Roach in 1953).

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  6. Yea, I didn't like to say but it was kinda special; and I'd forgotten it's on Quintet of the Year/ Massey Hall - surely the greatest band ever.
    Once left a wedding night only to find out a week later that Bobby Womack turned up and played for 90 mins - it took about a week to get over it but I felt much better after he played Glastonbury the following year and was terrible.

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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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