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Bebop Spoken There

Jim Hall: "Won't play loud, can't play fast" - (From one of the great guitarist's business cards brought to our attention by Roly Veitch).

Joel Harrison: “It’s incredibly hard to play bebop on guitar, harder than on saxophone.” – (Jazz Times August 2015)

Sir Thomas Beecham: "Forget about the bars. Look at the phrases, please. Remember that bars are only the boxes in which the music is packed" - (Beecham Stories by Harold Atkins & Archie Newman. Robson Books, 1978).

Today Wednesday June 28

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.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café. 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £5/Students free - voluntary donation.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

CD Review: John Abercrombie Quartet – Up and Coming

(Review by Hugh C)
John Abercrombie – guitar; Marc Copland – piano; Drew Gress – double bass; Joey  Baron – drums.
Up and Coming is the second album by the quartet.  Abercrombie, Gress and Baron have had a long association, Marc Copland joined the three for their first quartet recording in 2013. 
The first four tracks Joy – Flipside – Sunday School – Up and Coming are all by Abercrombie.  The album as a whole has a laid-back, free-flowing groove engendered by Abercrombie's relaxed guitar style.  By his own admission “I play less fast than I used to, less 'technical'”.  His partners respond to this with a gentle exploration of the quieter aspects of their respective instruments.  

Marc Copland contributed the next two tracks, Tears and Silver Circle which, according to Abercrombie “reflect his [Copland's] more classically oriented,  polychordal compositional style”.  A take on the Miles Davis composition Nardis follows, done in the spirit of Bill Evans.  Another Abercrombie composition, Jumbles, completes the set.
Up and Coming, recorded at Avatar Studios, New York is released in the UK both as CD and (for Steve T) vinyl.  The quartet will be touring the US and mainland Europe over the next few months, but have no dates in the UK.
Hugh C.

Released on ECM:  CD 6025 5723377 3; LP 6025 5726238 4

1 comment :

  1. Yea I wish ECM would stop; I wish they' all stop, it'll prove so harmful in the long (medium) run.

    Number 1 son got a master-class from him before Christmas and I believe he has something which prohibits him playing like he used to.
    Didn't do Django any harm.

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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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