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Ernie Wilkins: “If you don't look at the liner notes, you don't know who in the hell it is. Everybody sounds alike, that same million-note approach. Faceless.” – (Crescendo November 1975).

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Ben Williams: “A lot of jazz today has developed this allergy to simplicity. ‘If it’s simple, that means it’s not hip’ is a theme. But sometimes the simplest thing you can do is the hippest thing you can do.” – (Down Beat August 2015).

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Archives.

Today Wednesday March 22

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Paul Skerritt Band - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
John Harle and Steve Lodder - Royal Grammar School, Eskdale Tce., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4DX. 7pm. £20 & £10. 60th birthday tour for RGS alumnus Harl.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £4.
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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 14, 2016

More Quotes From Simon Spillett

"There are techniques involved in the making of the music of which the average critic is often unaware."
Rahsaan Roland Kirk, sleeve notes to Ben Webster: 'Webster's Dictionary' (Philips 1970).

"Unfortunately, the fan of yesterday's jazz often becomes an opponent of today's."
Graham Collier, 'Inside Jazz' (Quartet Books, 1973)

"Hardly any of them would know a good jazz chorus if it fell on them. They have learned, parrot-fashion, the litany of American star names and that is that."
Benny Green on British record producers, 'Scene' magazine, October 5th 1962

"Putting live modern jazz across in this country has been like trying to sell balloons in a cemetery."
Peter Clayton, 'Sunday Telegraph', August 30th 1964
"I'm always suspicious of a man in a clean trench coat. Watch for it - nine times out of ten, he's a square."
Cannonball Adderley, sleeve notes to 'Cannonball Adderley Quintet in Chicago' (Mercury, 1960)

"The avant-garde cannot expect basic stylistic changes to develop among mature players through artificial stimuli; for the hysterical cry for change tends to give sanctuary to charlatans."
Cannonball Adderley, sleeve notes to 'The Young Lions' (VeeJay) 1960

"He is the most unimaginative tenorist I have heard this year. His improvisations seem to be solely based on unusual noises (one can hardly describe them as sounds) placed in the most awkward places."
John Martin, review of Wayne Shorter on Wynton Kelly's Kelly Great LP, 
Jazz News May 24th 1961


"He was interested in non-chordal playing, and I had cut my teeth on that stuff. He later sent me a letter which included 30 dollars for each lesson, and thanked me."
Ornette Coleman on John Coltrane studying with him during 1960, quoted in sleeve notes to CD reissue of John Coltrane/Don Cherry: 'The Avant-Garde' (issued in 2000)

"Please take that off - discontinue that. I have one word for that - tragedy."
Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis, listening to Archie Shepp's recording of 'In A Sentimental Mood', Blindfold Test, DownBeat, 1967

"Great jazz playing is that which is still listenable after the style has ceased to be modern."
Ronnie Scott, Daily Dispatch Jazz Book, 1954

1 comment :

  1. Excellent quotes, must check out Archie Shepp Sentimental Mood

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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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