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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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Today Tuesday March 28

Jonathan Silk's Fragment Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £10/£8. JNE/Schmazz gig.
Maine Street 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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Northern Monkey Brass Band - The Fox, West End Tce., Hexham NE46 3DB. 9pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

CD Review: Julphan Tilapornputt - Regards to You

Julphan Tilapornputt (guitar), Joe Wagner (tenor sax). Jeong Hwan Park (bass), Ken Ychicawa (drums).
(Review by Steve T)
As a local guitar teacher said to me recently, everybody's a virtuoso nowadays. Julphan is one such guitarist. Originally from Thailand and now resident in New York, he's had an impressive education including a scholarship at Berklee.
However, any new guitarist who wants to make a difference within the Wes Metheny legacy needs to be a writer comparable with Stravinsky, Cole Porter, Duke or Curtis Mayfield.
The alternative is perhaps even more difficult, to create something entirely new when it appears that every possible permeation has been tried.

Within capitalism, innovation, genuine or assumed, is always attributed to genius, genuine (insomuch as such a thing exists) or assumed, but Bird and Zappa were part of movements, although Zappa ultimately blew the entire competition put together, and Bird was certainly a figurehead and, solely in terms of bebop, maybe did the same.  
Most artists make their creative contribution as part of a movement, chipping away at the status quo. Julphan is one such guitarist. It's a guitar and sax pairing at the front and a piano-less quartet, both formats at the forefront of much contemporary Jazz, though with the guitar you get the best of both worlds.
But what I love about this album is the variety of sounds he achieves with his guitar(s). The album opens and closes with acoustic guitar and the album pictures him playing acoustic, and there's also much of the semi-acoustic sound we've grown accustomed to through countless albums by Wes and Metheny and their followers.
In between he produces sounds which are difficult for these untrained (and now unassisted) ears to pin down. It's more acoustic than Wes but more electric than Earl Klugh, to the point where I don't actually know what he's playing. One idea is that it's a semi-acoustic through an acoustic amp, which a rockabilly guitarist once told me is 'wrong', a word that's always a red rag.   
Wherever it comes from, it brings a freshness to this album lacking in a lot of the many guitar albums that land on Lance’s mat before they get to me whenever we find ourselves at the same venue.
It's Tilapornputt’s second album and it’s already available and well worth a listen, and not just for guitarists.

Steve T.

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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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