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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.

Monday, February 20, 2017

The Dream Jazz Collective @ The Empty Shop, Durham - February 16.

Jelly Cleaver (vocal, guitar), Seth Evans (keyboards), Nikita Losak (bass), Guillaume Trionfo (drums).
(Review by Steve T)
This was a one-off special which Carlo hadn't spotted as a Jazz gig and promoted accordingly. You may think the clue was in the name and the band had contacted Bebop Spoken Here to see if there would be anyone around to review it, but Carlos’ instincts proved, if not spot on, then near the mark.
They're a London-based band but Jelly Cleaver is a graduate of Durham University. Her voice was way down in the mix but she has a classic soul voice albeit without the grain of Aretha, Gladys Knight etc., more Minnie Ripperton, Deniece Williams or Betty Wright - no pressure then.
She's elegant and exotic, stylish and stunning and plays a spanking Gibson, but like the speaker of the Commons, I want to hear her. The music is an exciting melting pot of Jazz, fusion, pop, hip-hop, soul, funk and rock, Meshell Ndegeocello the nearest comparison I can come up with.
Some odd key changes, syncopation, changes in tempo, assured rhythm guitar and suitably restrained soloing, including some wah-wah and feedback.
They have a single out on March 1 called Angela and they've gone for something a little more 'out there', which is great, flicking her guitar to 'rock' for her solo.
It was a short set, somebody said about twenty minutes though I guesstimated around forty. They repeated it at an Italian restaurant a couple of hours later from a cramped stage above the bar, and I clocked it at about half an hour. I get that they may only want to play original material, but for the time being, they need a couple of covers and, with such a wide range of influences, there's so much to choose from. They also need to sort out their sound problems her voice barely audible here and sometimes entirely inaudible.
Having said that, even more so than at the Empty Shop, the band were laying down some crucial grooves (man), which is, I'm guessing, why the Empty Shop took out the tables and chairs.
Their entourage, including Katie Meberly of Nintai, who fronted a fine pixie folk, Jazzy support set at the Empty Shop, and two other young ladies led some fine sync dancing, simple but stylishly delivered, which proved infectious sparking some Crazy Ellen show dancing from the regular punters, which I'd like to see become part of their set.
Definitely, one to watch.
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.
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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