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Bebop Spoken There

Les Paul: "Okay so you make great sounds. The people you're playing for, they work all day, they don't go to music schools and study harmony. They pay their dough, they come in, they listen. If they don't understand what you're doing, they walk out. What are you supposed to do, tie 'em with a rope whilst you explain you're playing great music?" - (Down Beat June 15, 1951).

Jack Perciful: "Unless you're playing somewhere like Carnegie Hall, in the States, the piano is the last thing they buy. When they've got ten dollars left over they go buy a piano." - (Crescendo October 1971.)

Number 22!

Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 22 in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Sunday May 28

Afternoon.
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
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Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Northumberland Park, Tynemouth Rd., Tynemouth NE30 2HA. 3pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Evening
Cancelled! Young Musicians Jam Session - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm. Cancelled!
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Billy Bootleggers All Star House Band w. Teresa Watson - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Tuesday, November 01, 2016

CD Review: Mercury – Sea Speak

Tom Thorp (saxophones & bass clarinet), Richard Jones (Fender Rhodes), Thomas Dibb (guitar), Gavin Barras (bass guitar) & Johnny Hunter (drums) + Mark Lewis (percussion, track 3)
(Review by Russell)
Two Meanings opens Mercury’s album Sea Speak with Tom Thorp’s extended, ethereal tenor saxophone introduction. There is little movement for five minutes, or thereabouts, until Richard Jones’ Fender Rhodes awakens, similarly bassist Gavin Barras slowly but surely enters the conversation. Drummer Johnny Hunter takes the bull by the horns with an energetic workout before the tune dives into the deep from whence it came.

Seven tunes, the second, the eponymous Sea Speak, emerges from the shallows with the soprano playing Tom Thorp soon shrouded in a Fender mist. Bass and drums navigate a steady course until all are submerged once more. It is on soprano that bandleader Thorp stretches out on Winterbrook, an all-too-brief Scatter precedes Thorp’s bass clarinet on Atlas with Thomas Dibb playing a considered, understated solo encouraged all the way by Hunter’s sparkling kit work, as is Thorp having switched to soprano.
Thorp impresses on tenor on the penultimate, medium tempo track – Hanging Gardens – which just about sums up the album: subtle, restrained groove.
All compositions are by Thorp with the exception of the closing track – Phalanx – which is a three-way collaboration between Thorp, Dibb and Jones. It is an all together different affair – a lively, pulsating number with Thorp obliged to ‘push the envelope’ on tenor.      
Russell.    
Sea Speak by Mercury is available at: www.mercurymanchester.co.uk

Mercury will be touring Sea Speak into 2017 with a date at the Jazz Café, Newcastle on Friday 25 November.       

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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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