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Bebop Spoken There

Jim Hall: "Won't play loud, can't play fast" - (From one of the great guitarist's business cards brought to our attention by Roly Veitch).

Joel Harrison: “It’s incredibly hard to play bebop on guitar, harder than on saxophone.” – (Jazz Times August 2015)

Sir Thomas Beecham: "Forget about the bars. Look at the phrases, please. Remember that bars are only the boxes in which the music is packed" - (Beecham Stories by Harold Atkins & Archie Newman. Robson Books, 1978).

Today Wednesday June 28

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.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café. 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £5/Students free - voluntary donation.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
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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 03, 2016

Sloth Racket @ The Bridge Hotel - October 2

Cath Roberts (baritone sax); Sam Andreae (tenor sax); Anton Hunter (guitar); Seth Bennett (bass); Johnny Hunter (drums).
(Review by Steve H/Photo courtesy of Ken Drew).
Sloth Racket made a triumphant return to Newcastle on Sunday night. It was Jazz North East who programmed their debut at the 2015 Gateshead International Jazz Festival. A good turnout suggests they must have impressed last time out.
The early stages of several of the tunes seemed to be dominated by the bowed bass of Seth Bennett and this coupled with the baritone sax gave off a somewhat sombre feel at times – I guess these were the ‘Sloth’ parts of the performance. Not to be outdone, when the ‘Racket’ side of the band got its opportunity a joyful exuberance soon emanated from the stage and out to the audience.  
Sadly, due to an administrative cock-up, the raffle, normally the highlight of all Jazz North East gigs, failed to take place. Wes tried to placate the baying audience before the start of the second set by displaying one of the astonishing complex sheets of music the band work from. I’m sure no one in the audience was any the wiser, but this didn’t lessen the enjoyment of the second set which culminated in a wonderful final piece which had an almost Coltrane-like feel to it.
Clearly, the band thoroughly enjoyed themselves freely improvising from Cath Roberts’ complicated compositions. Each member of the band contributed fascinating individual pieces but it was the collective as a whole which really entertained and exhilarated. For those wanting to know where the next tune or rhythm is coming from this may not be the band for you, but those who wish to experience a challenging and interesting musical journey, I can thoroughly recommend spending an evening with the Sloth Racket.
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.
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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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