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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.)

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Today 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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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

CD Review: Benedikt Jahnel Trio – Invariant

Benedikt Jahnel – piano; Antonio Miguel – double bass; Owen Howard – drums
(CD Review by Hugh C)
This truly international trio comprising Jahnel (Germany), Miguel (Spain) and Howard (Canada) have been playing together for ten years.  This album, The Invariant, is so named in recognition of the continuity of their musical partnership.  The music is all composed by Benedikt Jahnel.  The content of this CD represents a distillation of material played in the live setting and developed there and in the studio to incorporate the dynamic responses of his trio partners.
There are eight tracks yielding in total 45 or so minutes of music:  Further Consequences – The Circuit – Mirrors – Mono Lake – Part of the Game – For the Encore – Interpolation One – En Passant. The longest track is Mirrors at over 9 minutes.  The whole is beautifully crafted with the three constituent members of the trio bouncing off each other musically and rhythmically.  The listening experience is a delight, but not particularly challenging:  a bit like a stroll in the park on a sunny Sunday afternoon – very pleasant, but not too adventurous.  Every now and then though, the boys leave the path and take out a pedalo on the lake without a life jacket.
In his day job Benedikt Jahnel is a researcher in a Berlin institute, his interest is in “interacting particle systems in the context of probability theory”, so I guess he needs to let his hair down every now and then!
The Invariant was recorded in Rainbow Studio, Oslo and produced for ECM by Manfred Eicher.  The trio are touring the North American continent and mainland Europe, but no UK dates are currently planned. 
Hugh C.
The CD is available in the UK on ECM (6025 5712837 6)

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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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