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Bebop Spoken There

Jackie McLean: “I can't understand British audiences. In Britain there doesn't seem to be any curiosity." (Melody Maker, April 1, 1961).

Charles Mingus: "It seems to me that if our records were not issued in Britain, the British cats would have to think for themselves" (Jazz News, July 26th 1961)

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Today Tuesday July 25

Evening
Misha Mullov-Abbado Sextet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane NE25 5DW. 8pm. Free.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. £10 & £8. JNE gig.
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Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £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, August 13, 2016

Dean Stockdale & Noel Dennis @ The Jazz Café - August 12

Dean Stockdale (pno); Noel Dennis (tpt/flug).
(Review by Lance).
The trumpet/piano duo theme has been around a long time - King Oliver and Jelly Roll Morton: Tom Cat Blues; Louis Armstrong and Earl Hines: Weatherbird Blues were a couple of the early ones. Ruby Braff with Ellis Larkins; Oscar Peterson with Dizzy, Eldridge, Clark Terry, Faddis and Edison followed before Kenny Wheeler and Paul Bley had a musical marriage. There have been others and, tonight we had Dean Stockdale and Noel Dennis continuing the tradition.
Such was their varied approach that any of the aforementioned duos could be said to have had an influence.
It began casually with Solar. Imagine two classy welterweights sussing each other out over the opening rounds. Bobbing and weaving, counterpunching but not yet unleashing the killer blows. Don't Get a Round Much Anymore kept things moving but these guys are boxers, not sluggers. You sense it will go the distance without any black eyes but with plenty blue notes.
A Metheny piece, was it SvoltaAutumn Leaves, Mal Waldren's Soli and to finish the set Blue Monk.
By this time, they'd got the measure of each other and the music flowed. The beauty of duo sets is that it's not just horn/comp/solo etc. but frequently two flowing lines - contrapuntal!
The liquor flowed, the crowd came in and There is No Greater Love had our boys going for it. Love For Sale (an appropriate song given my memories of Pink Lane 50 years ago!) then, a solo by Stockdale which turned out to be The Girl From Ipanema. Appropriate what with it being the Olympics in Rio and, possibly even as he was playing it, Sir Brad and the team pursuit boys were sweeping up gold!
By this time the audience noise had reached such a level that, if they'd been your neighbours you'd have been dialling 911, maybe even 999! As such, it was perhaps self-defeating for Noel to blow Blue on Green tightly muted. Still, for us in the aficionados corner, we were close enough to appreciate the delicate nuances of this version.
Stella By Starlight and then Nostalgia in Times Square (New York) brought a delightful evening to a close and I left to fight my way through the mini skirts on Central Station.
Somebody's got to do it!
Lance.
PS: So who got the decision? Well, Noel got the nod but only because he did the announcements!

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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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