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Bebop Spoken There

Miles Kington: "If the intake of alcohol fails to improve a jazz player's performance, why do jazz listeners think it improves their appreciation?" - (Jazz Express October 1982).

Barbara Jay: "My first gig was at the Astoria, Charing Cross Rd. It seemed like a den of iniquity to me. All the Soho girls were there and the gigolos with their old women paying them to dance..." - (Jazz UK May 2008.)

Archives.

Today Sunday February 26.

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
More Jam - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 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
Maine St. Jazzmen - Seaton Sluice Social Club, Collywell Bay Rd., Seaton Sluice NE26 4QZ. 8pm. £4.
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Shaun Henderson Band - Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard, Darlington. 6pm. £5.
Jazz Jam - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SY. 7:30pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Partisans @ Pizza Express, Soho, EFG London Jazz Festival - November 13/14

Phil Robson (guitar), Julien Siegel (tenor, soprano, bass clarinet, percussion), Thad Kelly (bass), Gene Calderazzo (drums).
(Review by Steve T).
“This is what Jazz gigs used to be like, starting around midnight”, said Julien Siegel. Pizza Express is a big deal in London Jazz; a class venue, downstairs, small, intimate with dim lights and a low ceiling.
I generally prefer to sit further back so I can see the whole event including audience, but I was seated right at the front, sharing a table with Siegel’s percussion thingy.
The drumming was intense from the start and never really let up throughout the set. Guitar rocked it up for his first solo, ending with some heavy feedback and the audience didn't flinch, but the next piece had a more traditional Jazz guitar sound.
Everything was from their comeback album Swamp, winner of the Parliamentary Jazz Awards album of last year, confirming our MPs aren't complete fools and don't just do nothing.     
Rap Dog was the highlight for me, bass relentlessly hanging on one note, the drummer mostly using hi-hat for the longest and most impressive guitar solo of the set. As the bass came loose, the drumming spread across the kit, reminiscent of the Mahavishnu Orchestra when the guitar hit a groove on top of the bass, unleashing a frenzied drum solo to finish the piece.
The title track was also pretty special; a suitably swamplike bass intro, soprano, eeffects-ladenguitar and finger drumming and we were in weird original Lifetime territory. Once it got going the guitar kept switching to a Fender Rhodes like sound, and with Siegel switching between soprano and his percussion thingy, it was close to Weather Report.
Overview and another whose title I missed brought things to a close, ending with another short crazy/ wild drum solo.
Steve T.

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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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