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Bebop Spoken There

Piers Paul Read: "Bruce Reynolds and Biggs shared an interest in Sex, Jazz and Hemingway." - (The Train Robbers by Piers Paul Read, Coronet Books 1979.)

George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Lance

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Today Thursday July 19

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free.

Alexys de Alfaro: Guitar Dreams with Coco Vega - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. Doors 7:00pm. A ‘jar on the bar’ gig. Guitar & percussion.

Alter Ego - St James’ & St Basil’s Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £10.00.

Jesse Bannister Quartet - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). JNE.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Jubilee Park, Spennymoor DL16. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Donna Hewitt (alto); Josh Bentham (tenor); Dave Archbaid (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

Jazz Jam - Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 8pm. Free.

Billy's Buskers: Plug in and Play - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 7:00pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

CD Review:Andy Brown Quartet - Direct Call (with a backward glance at Hank Garland)

Andy Brown (guitar); Jeremy Kahn (piano); Joe Policastro (bass); Phil Gratteau (drums).
(Review by Lance).
Patti was Goin' to Chicago - "Sorry but I can't take you". However, after, like Little Jimmy Rushing she done been here and gone, she done returned with this rather splendid CD bringing to my attention a very fine quartet.
I knew I was going to like it before I even played it. Any band that includes Hoagy's One Morning in May (the month!in their setlist is going to get my vote. The fact that it wasn't quite what I expected didn't harm it at all - if the tune's good enough it can handle all-comers.
One Morning in May's good enough - even played uptempo in 3/4 it still hit the spot.
Brown is one of those guitarists you could listen to forever without being bored or needing earplugs. Howard Alden, Joe Pass, Barney, Herb shared this quality with him. Alden still does and they have recorded together. Closer to home, James Birkett and Roly Veitch work the same side of the street.
Andy Brown may be the man out front but he's got three of Chi's best behind him.
Jeremy Kahn is my kind of pianist, lots of locked hands, block chord solos - Shearing, Garner, Peterson, Brubeck, Milt Buckner the influences. 
Policastro is the bassman's bassist. Not just for his timekeeping and sizzling solos but also the almost cello-like sound he produces on his arco solo on A Prisoner of Love.
Gratteau, likewise, epitomises taste in what I sometimes think is fast becoming a vanishing commodity
Well, maybe not as long as these guys are around. One of the tracks that really knocked me out (I know they all did) was Relaxing I'd heard the tune before but where? It's so catchy you need but hear it once and you know where it's going - and you wouldn't want it to go anywhere else. The album notes provided the answer: "From the late guitarist Hank Garland's landmark early sixties recording  Jazz Winds From a New Direction." 'Hey, I've got that!' I shouted excitedly to Daphne the cat. She was cool about it but I dug out the old Phillips vinyl (BBL 7475) and played it. With 17-year-old Gary Burton, Joe Benjamin and Joe Morello alongside Garland I saw from whence Andy Brown was coming from. This was great - a new love and a rediscovered old love. Perhaps I'll play them on alternate evenings - sorry Andy, I'm working late/sorry Hank it's my bowling club night.
I don't know if the Garland album is still available but you can get the Andy Brown Quartet disc on Delmark DE5023. (samples/buy)
The Jeep is Jumpin'; Prisoner of Love; El Cajon; Funk in Deep Freeze; Appel Direct; Relaxing; One Morning in May; Catch Me; Ela É Carioca; Freak of the Week.
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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