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Bebop Spoken There

Sonny Rollins: "I work very hard. I wear out suits playing." - (Downbeat May 29, 1969.)

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Bob Brookmeyer: "The group's philosophy? We're saving to buy new uniforms - the ties wore out." - (Crescendo March 1965).

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Today Tuesday March 28

Jonathan Silk's Fragment Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £10/£8. JNE/Schmazz gig.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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Northern Monkey Brass Band - The Fox, West End Tce., Hexham NE46 3DB. 9pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Lickety Split @ The Globe Jazz Bar - February 4

Kevin Eland (trumpet/flugel); Alan Marshall (alto/tenor); Eddie Bellis (tromboone); Graham Don (piano); Bradley Johnston (guitar); Alan Rudd (bass guitar); Sid White (drums).
(Review by Lance).
Li'l Darlin'; St. Thomas; Filthy McNasty; Sandu; Straight no Chaser; Doxy; Del Sassa; Curious George and Basie Street were just some of the numbers I recognised, or were occasionally identified by frontman Bellis, The set list gives a broad indication of where Lickety Split come from.  Neither east coast or west but straight down the middle, mainstream to modern, swing to bop and beyond, Seven good men and true, all masters of their craft.
Although we were on the second floor, Eland seemed to be blowing two flights higher. Think Maynard and Cat.
The previous evening Marshall had been playing pre-1940's swing with the NCRO, this evening he'd moved forward twenty or thirty years, I wonder where he's playing tomorrow, in a Tardis perhaps?
Bellis blows 'bone like a 'bone should be blown. None of this typewriter twittering, but earthy sounds that hark back to the instrument's jazz roots without losing track of time or identity.
Many words have been written about Brad on guitar - suffice to say that he fits in here as easily as he does in any situation.
Likewise Rudd. He does the job irrespective of style. Upright acoustic or sit down electric he's our man.
On drums, Southpaw Sid was, as ever, a knockout but the big surprise was Graham Don on piano. A last minute dep., he produced some stunning solos that made those who were only familiar with his limited exposure in the SSBB realise just how good he was.
An excellent band.
Photos.
Lance.

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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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