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Bebop Spoken There

John Tynan: "Go ahead, call me reactionary. I happen to object to the musical nonsense being peddled in the name of jazz by John Coltrane and his acolyte Eric Dolphy." - (Downbeat November 22, 1961).

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McCoy Tyner: "If anyone want to know how the three of us - Elvin, Jimmy and me - felt about John [Coltrane], listen to the music and you can hear the love and respect we had for each other. The music can really speak more than any of us." - (Melody Maker, August 19, 1967).
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Today Tuesday April 25

Evening
Playtime Collective w. Martin Kershaw (alto); Graeme Stephen (guitar); Mario Caribe (bass); Tom Bancroft (drums). - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £10/£8 (conc.). JNE/Schmazz.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave. Newcastle NE2 3EX. £5. 8:30pm.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
Lickety Split - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham. 9:00pm. Free (bucket collection).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Foran/McCallum & The Alan Law Trio @ The Bridge Hotel October 9

 Sean Foran (keyboards); Stuart McCallum (guitar).
Alan Law (keyboards); Katy Trigger (bass); Matti Ross (drums).
(Review by Steve H).
Australian Sean Foran and Mancunian Stuart McCallum are currently on a tour with a quintet launching Foran’s album Frame of Reference. Sunday night saw the duo perform songs from this album and also pieces specifically written by McCallum for the pair to perform. The music is not really Jazz as one might know it but it still manages to engage a Jazz audience. The pair produce fascinating, textured, dreamlike soundscapes which take the listener to very serene and peaceful places. McCallum is an outstanding guitarist and he dovetails effortlessly with Foran’s sensitive keyboard technique. To be honest, it’s not the sort of Jazz I would normally go for but I must say I really enjoyed the performance as did the rest of the not insubstantially sized audience.

Sunday night also saw the world premiere of a new work by the latest version of the Alan Law Trio. A thoroughly absorbing performance it turned out to be too. The trio played one long extended piece which ebbed and flowed and bobbed and weaved through all genres of the jazz spectrum. Each soloist was given the space to shine in a number of different styles be it funk, latin, bebop and fusion to name but a few. The movement from one style to another was seamless yet the audience could never predict which way the music was turning. There was even  that rare thing from a jazz musician, an element of humour which actually worked, when Matti Ross used his glass filled with ice to create a great percussive effect. At the end of the set the band was rewarded with rapturous applause and I am sure  I wasn’t the only member eagerly awaiting the next performance.

Steve H.

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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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