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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 Thursday March 23

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
Archipelago - King's Hall, Newcastle Uni, 1:10pm. Free.
Evening.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068
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BABMUS - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free.
Andchuck - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6sf. 8:30pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. Jeremy McMurray (keys); Kevin Eland (trumpet); Mark Toomey (alto) - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge Hotel, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, September 05, 2016

Gene Ammons All Stars - a hi-fi modern jazz jam session.

As one gets older one starts thinking about old films, old books, old girlfriends... You seek out the latter only to find she now looks like her mother who wasn't exactly Miss World! Likewise, the films that you loved so much are rarely as good as they were then although often better than most of the ones we see nowadays.
Fortunately, this seems to work in the other direction jazz wise.
Faced with a pile of unlistenable CDs (to my ears - BSH reviewers the postman cometh soon!) I dug into the vinyl, no, not the 12 inchers, but that long forgotten genre, the 10" LP that started it all off.

I decided that I might as well do it alphabetically and hit on the Gene Ammons All Stars - a hi-fi modern jazz jam session.
Recorded on June 15, 1955, it reveals Ammons to be a  tenor player  capable of holding his own with the other names of the time - Dexter, Wardell, Teddy, Sonny Major and Sonny Minor* and, indeed any others who'd listened to Lester.
'Jug's in good company. The brothers Farmer on Trumpet and Bass, Lou Donaldson preaching Bird, and Freddy Roach and Klook  rounding it off. 
Listening to this tells me that, if the parade's passed me by, I'm the one that's waving farewell!
Lance.
*Stitt? Rollins? Major? Minor? You tell me!

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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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