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Bebop Spoken There

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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Friday, October 28, 2016

Gerry Richardson Soul Quartet @ Hoochie Coochie - October 27.

Gerry Richardson (Hammond SK2/vcl); Rod Sinclair (gtr); Neil Harland (bs gtr); Adam Sinclair (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Billed as The Gerry Richardson Soul Quartet the jazz was at a minimum - or was it? Of course it wasn't! Irrespective of the tune or the rocky rhythm being laid down, when these guys solo they're playing jazz whether or not the audience know it! Mind you tonight, those borderlines were stretched, particularly during the second set, a set devoted to the music of Booker T and the MGs.

I must confess my knowledge of Booker T was, until tonight, limited to Green Onions which was served up as I departed for the number 3 x 9.
Having confessed my ignorance, I discovered I wasn't ignorant at all, recognising most of the numbers from my misspent youth. It couldn't have been that misspent as I do remember the tunes if not the titles, Time is Tight being an exception.
Interesting was that many of the numbers Gerry chose were originally B-sides - Fuquawi (no wonder he had problems pronouncing that one); Tie Stick and Red Beans and Rice - didn't mess with the groove which, by this time, had the dancers 'tripping the light fantastic' although, perhaps, it was more fantastic than light.
The first set was a more typical Gerry program. Soul Shadows; Mercy Mercy Mercy; Groovin'; Everybody's Cryin' Mercy; Sissy Strut; Hendrix's The Wind Cries Mary and the Gerry perennial - Lady Day & John Coltrane.  
The four guys may be local based but I'd back them against the world on a man to man basis.
It was good to see the gig well supported and to hear live music enjoyed by a varying age group.
Next month - The Budtones.
Lance.

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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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