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Buddy Guy: "My mother said, 'You got flowers for me, give 'em to me now, because I'm not going to smell them when you put 'em on the casket'." - (DownBeat September 2018).

Marty Ashby: "I asked him what his gig was and he said 'I put the scores on the music stands'. I said, 'That's a gig?' And I realised there were four floors of guys like him, who supported some of the finest musicians in the world. But I was a jazz musician, and I was used to playing with some of the finest musicians in the world in front of the New York Public Library for tips. That's when I realised that jazz didn't have the same support system as classical music. - (DownBeat September 2018).

Today Tuesday August 14

Afternoon

Classic Swing - The Ship, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.

Evening

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

Monday, November 27, 2017

CD Review: Django Bates' Belovèd - The Study of Touch

Django Bates (piano); Peter Eldh (bass); Peter Bruun (drums).
ECM records are usually met with a reluctance by most of our reviewers. In general, the response  is one of apathy, Suddenly, they have a migraine, or their aunt has died, they're on holiday, they're working overtime, they've got to paint a fence - "Which fence?" "Any fence". And so it goes on, the upshot being that the output from ECM is very much an acquired taste.
On this occasion, it was down to me to bite the bullet and it actually turned out to be a very tasty bullet indeed.
Bullets fired by Django Bates usually are and this was no exception.

A piano trio it may be but this is far removed from lounge music. This is Bates at his reflective best. Exploring, finding so many options, Bill Evans, Bach, Jarrett, Chopin, Lennie all interwoven into a rich tapestry that emerges as totally his own. 
All compositions are by Django Bates apart from This World by Iain Bellamy and a blistering Passport by Charlie Parker. I recall Bates playing a concert as a member of this very same, excellent, trio at GIJF back in 2011 - My Belovèd Bird. The Bellamy piece was included at that concert and dedicated to the late Paul Gamblin, a northeast guitarist who went on to greater things and tragically died playing rugby.
The fact that the pianist is still playing it 6 years on speaks volumes for the esteem in which he still holds Paul.
We all do.
Lance.
PS: ECM - all is forgiven.

1 comment :

Ken Drew said...


I was late in discovering Django Bates - but what a revelation when I did !! Having previously seen and enjoyed EST and Tord Gustavsen (the similarities being they are all modern piano-based trios) I was bowled over by his and his trio's refreshingly modern (i.e. contemporary) and distinctive style.

I've seen him live in Gateshead, Wakefield and Huddersfield, and fully support your approval for his inclusion in ECM's burgeoning list of recorded artists. ECM by its very definition covers a range of contemporary music styles, centred on Jazz, world, and more recently, western classical music, so it's good to see another admirer in the fold! So, whilst you have admirably forgiven ECM, will they forgive those disbelievers for missing out on the joy they've brought over many years of music production of the highest quality ? ;)
Ken

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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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