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Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Wednesday April 26

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.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Quantum Illusion/Chris Cundy @ The Bridge Hotel, Newcastle - March 5
















Trevor Watts (alto and soprano saxophone) & Veryan Weston (digital key station) + Chris Cundy (bass clarinet)
(Review by Steve H/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew). 

After a couple of fairly straight-ahead gigs this last week I was ready for something a little more challenging and Sunday night at The Bridge did not disappoint. Watts and Weston are pioneers of Britain’s free jazz scene and have played together many times. Fortunately, in the case of this dynamic duo, familiarity breeds creativity. Watts on both alto and soprano sax blew all the cobwebs away with the power and intrigue of an old master. Meanwhile, Weston, on a digital key station, was simply a revelation I have never seen an electronic keyboard played with such gusto and passion. The sum of the parts produced a memorable set of uplifting free jazz. In fact, when they had completed their performance I couldn’t believe that 45 minutes had passed so quickly.

Earlier in the evening saw a virtuoso performance from Chris Cundy on bass clarinet. The instrument has a great range of tones but Cundy managed to produce an unprecedented array of effects with his phenomenal technique incorporating multiphonics and circular breathing. The original pieces related to folk dances, trees, wood and swamps. The final piece was somewhat ominously named Burial but it was far from a melancholy affair. An extraordinary performance thoroughly appreciated by all present
The evening concluded with all 3 musicians coming together to perform a couple of marvellous improvised pieces. Not everyone’s cup of tea I’m sure, 
but for those who like something a little less sweet with their beverage a quite delicious offering.
Steve H.

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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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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.)
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