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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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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, December 05, 2016

Kathryn Williams & Anthony Kerr @ The Globe: December 4

Kathryn Williams (vocals, guitar); Anthony Kerr (vibes)
(Review by Ann Alex).
Definitely the most unusual, freshest take on the Gasbook that I’ve heard this year, in fact for a long time. The voice was entrancing, sweet, with strong lower tones and the songs were sung with passion and heartfelt emotion. Ms. Williams is known as a contemporary folk singer and I’d go as far as to say that she brought to the songs a certain folk-like innocence which made this listener feel as if she was hearing the songs for the first time. This was partly achieved because the singer sang in English rather than with American intonation and language, for instance, ‘since my man and I aren’t together’ (not ain’t). The song was definitely the thing in this performance.
All was apparent simplicity, a stripped back performance. The vibes accompaniment was fittingly spare with just a few short solos and the songs were kept short, sometimes with no repeats. The audience gave the performance rapt attention as they soon realised that they may get just one chance to hear the words. A new way to perform these songs, which included, You Don’t Know What Love Is; My Funny Valentine; Every Time We Say Goodbye; I’m A Fool To Want You; Like Someone In Love; The Very Thought Of You; The Man I Love; Sweet Embraceable You; Stormy Weather; Autumn Leaves.
The gig actually began with a short set of the type of songs which I guess Ms. Williams’ audiences are more used to hearing. She accompanied herself on guitar, doing tunes on various subjects such as refugees, rock stars who are no longer with us, and tender love songs with skilled lyrics, such as ‘loneliness was never a part of us’.
Another great night at the Globe.
Ann Alex  

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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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