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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.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Budtet @ Hoochie Coochie: November 24

Jude Murphy (vocals, alt sax, flute); Fiona Finden (vocals, sop sax); Stu Finden (ten sax); Lin Lee (piano); Jim Crinson (double bass); Eric Stutt (drums) Dave Weisser (cornet on last 2 numbers)
(Review by Ann Alex).
You get good value with this band, 2 singers, Fi for the more tender-hearted songs and Jude for the rockier offerings. Good stomping value, from the first item, The Message, solos all round and 4’s with tenor sax and drums, right through to the final numbers with guest Dave on muted cornet for Yardbird Suite and Take the  A Train. The cornet was never like this in brass bands!  
After the workout of that initial item, Jude began Moanin’, a spirited, dusky version with a bass solo, which totally suited the number. Fi told us that I Fall In Love Too Easily, Eric’s brushwork adding to the mood. Jude’s skilled flute playing came to the fore on Quiet Nights with Fi on vocals and Stu’s tenor sax nicely paraphrasing the flute - aided and abetted by bell-like cymbal sounds from the kit.  Adderley’s (Cannonball or Nat?) Teaneck (a place in New Jersey apparently) was followed by Fi singing All Blues, one of my favourite numbers of the night, which included Jude’s singing through the flute tones (how does she do it? - don't try this at home!) and great solos from piano, tenor sax, with the sax making sea-like sounds at the end. So Tired had the front line horns gyrating well in rhythm.
The dancers were up for the start of the second set, Hank Mobley’s This I Dig Of You, and the band did a full round of solos and 4’s. Then Fi sang her set of words about getting ready for a meeting for International Women’s Day, followed by Jude’s spirited vocals on Steely Dan’s Walk Between The Raindrops. The dancers stopped for Ellington’s Sound Of Love, obviously floored by the slowness of the tune, but they soon resumed for Jude’s Latin version of Days Of Wine And Roses, with her fantastically good scat singing.  And this was where Dave stepped up for Yardbird Suite, which rounded off with a pleasing duet from Fi and Jude. Take the A Train had a full band sound, many dancers, front line solos, and even a woman getting Lance up to dance. A fitting end to a great set.   
Ann Alex

3 comments :

  1. What do you mean? EVEN a woman getting Lance up to dance. Women often get me up to dance but, sadly, they never say 'Who's Taking you Home Tonight?' unless they're driving the 27 bus.
    Re your review, I feel you should have mentioned Lin Lee's keyboard playing - impressive.

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  2. Thanks Lance for the dancing!(Barbara - you are quite the catalyst!) and to Ann for the kind words. We had a fab time.

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  3. Totally agree about Lin Lee, Lance. She was even more wonderful than usual the other night

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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.)
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