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Bebop Spoken There

Michael Feinstein: “Fred Astaire is my favorite singer. To me, he was the perfect interpreter of American popular song.” – (Jazz Times December 2014).

Bud Shank: “Once I saw California – that was it, I stayed.” – (Jazz Journal May 1991)

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Today Sunday February 26.

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
More Jam - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. 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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Evening
Maine St. Jazzmen - Seaton Sluice Social Club, Collywell Bay Rd., Seaton Sluice NE26 4QZ. 8pm. £4.
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Shaun Henderson Band - Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard, Darlington. 6pm. £5.
Jazz Jam - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SY. 7:30pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Paul Edis Sextet @ Ushaw College - July 29

Paul Edis (Piano); Graham Hardy (Trumpet, Flugel); Graeme Wilson (Tenor, Flute, Baritone); Chris Hibbard (Trombone); Mick Shoulder (Bass); Adam Sinclair (Drums).
(Review by Steve T).
My mission, which I chose to accept, is to complete this review without the need to Read More.
Tangle Foot (four bottles), the splendour of Ushaw College, Lord Paul, another five of the hottest musicians from Edinburgh to Darlo and a little over thirty keen Jazz souls spread across all tables, which isn't half bad for mid-summer.
The Timothys to the delight of the four Early Birds there, Adam clattering his kit like I don't think I've heard him before. 
Cluster Fluster and I hear Duke and Mingus but its writer hears Gil Evans. For formal composition, are there three better in the Jazz idiom?
Ravelations, get it? Ravel, Debussy! Via Trane, a hint of Favourite Things during a splendid tenor solo, already rich with Trane, and McCoy Edis responds.
Inevitably, more Mingus influence on Ah Hum which Paul cites as one of his best albums, but to these ears, it's the best Jazz album I know that isn't by Miles.
Some more Mingus in Paul’s sketch of Spain, Knight Errant, mixed seamlessly with influences from Miles and Gil Evans, Chick Corea and more Ravel.
Angular, Administrate This featuring, I think, the most powerful muted horn playing I've ever heard. Graham’s mute and particularly Chris' trombone are crucial in bringing the Mingus sound to the sextet; for me the most under-rated of all the Jazz giants.
Mr Hipster, Eastern and I could barely keep it together for Missing You so I don't know how Lady Kate, for whom it was written, managed.
Lost in Translation sounds like classic American TV cop show and left me suspicious that part of Pauls' secret is he's ambidextrous.
Blues for Dad proved an excellent finale, Micks' sumptuous bass solo taking possibly the strongest applause of the night, Adam still on all cylinders and a great head from the assembled horns.
Incredible I thought during the gig, not just one but two musicians on stage - well, carpet - who can play their own music exclusively, which can compare favourably with anything coming out of the UK or Europe.
Did I make it? I blew it didn't I!
Steve T.

1 comment :

  1. Read more?
    Yes, a joy to read though, Steve.

    ReplyDelete

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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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