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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.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

CD Review: Yoko Miwa Trio - Pathways

Yoko Miwa (piano); Will Slater (bass); Scott Goulding (drums) + Brad Barrett (bass 1 track).
(Review by Lance).
I never get tired of listening to piano trios. There's something about the piano, bass and drums set up that always lights a spark within me. I know its formulaic - but, so is the recipe for Jack Daniel's!
Miwa's trio is in the Jack Daniel's league with the added bonus of not having a hangover the next day.
A mix of originals, Joni Mitchell, a couple by former Bill Evans' bassist Marc Johnson and a Lennon & McCartney tune I didn't know - Dear Prudence.

Lickety Split is the first of her originals. Husband Goulding drives it along and Miwa is in Tyner mode. The Goalkeeper,  inspired by a neighbour's cat who visits and who seemingly has the ability to paw balls back up floor without conceding. Rumour has it that a couple of northeast Championship sides are vying to sign the feline. The piece itself is a jaunty romp that has a Powell/Peterson feel to it with Miwa playing those rich block chords favoured by so many of the piano greats.
Lantern Light is quite moving with a lyrical feel. The fragile sense of a single lantern being carried through a dark night, whilst the bluesy Was it Something I Said? is classic jazz piano and, once again, Bud and Oscar spring to mind.
Not surprisingly, The two compositions by Johnson, Log O'Rhythm and After You, feature Slater and he isn't found wanting. Indeed, he is a tower of strength throughout. Digging deep when it's all hands on deck yet laying back when laying back is called for.
Joni's Court and Spark draws on the melancholic mood of so much of her work and, even without words, the feel is there.
Dear Prudence, as I said earlier, Is a number I'm unfamiliar with but, like so many Beatles' songs, the melody often takes on a totally new perspective when the words are removed. I suspect this may be the case here. Whatever, the trio put their own stamp on it (Barrett  takes over from Slater on this one).
It's a delightful album. It won't be my CD of the Year but it will be more than a hill of beans nearer the top than the bottom.
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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