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Bebop Spoken There

Howlin' Wolf: “He [Charlie Patton] was a nice guy, but he just loved the bottle--like all the rest of the musicians. He was a great drinker.” – (DownBeat December 16, 1967).

Frank Zappa: “Those kids [US students] wouldn't know music if it came up and bit 'em on the ass.” – (DownBeat October 3, 1969).

Today Thursday April 26

Afternoon

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

Tees Valley Jazzmen - No.1 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL12 7NJ. Tel: 01388 665533. 12:30pm. Free admission.

Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society - Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4LN. 5:00pm. Fortnightly meetings, all welcome.

Evening

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Millstone, Haddrick’s Mill Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 1QL. 0191 2853229. 7pm.

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

Bearpark Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £3 (£2 student/MU.).

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

Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland (tpt); Donna Hewitt (sax); Graham Thompson (keys) - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

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

Saturday, March 24, 2018

CD Review: (Jon Shenoy's) Draw By Four - Framework.

Jon Shenoy (tenor/clarinet/bass clarinet/flute/alto flute); Sam Dunn (electric & acoustic guitars); Will Bartlett (Hammond B3); Chris Draper (drums/perc.)
(Review by Lance).
As to be expected, lots of groovin' going on. What else when there's a B3 in the middle of it all? Well, in this case, a whole lot more. Sure, the groove is in (Nite Trip) but so is the lyricism (Hand in Hand).
Shenoy displays a melodic sensibility that bears comparision with any of the great saxophone balladeers of yore. He also composed 7 of the 10 tracks as well as drawing out the emotional content of the Brian Wilson/Tony Asher pop tune, Don't Talk (Put Your Head on my Shoulder). Sam Dunn also does some musical loving on this one.
The groove is back in for Tomorrow's Worriers. Lots of repetitive riffs that, at times, made me think the 'virtual' needle was sticking then, just as I was about to give the Dansette a kick, Shenoy or Dunn would burst forth in glorious stereophonic sound.
My Horizon brings us back down. Reflective, languorous, a contemplation of the horizon, maybe a sunset, or maybe a more personal horizon. Quite beautiful.
Shenoy found inspiration for the 3-part Framework Suite in 3 paintings: J.M.W. Turner's Breakers on a Flat Beach; Colonsay Harbour by Gill Holloway and Winifred Knight's The Deluge. Justice is done to the paintings through Shenoy's musical vision and the portraits painted of the paintings by the soloists - they bring them to life.
The album is rounded off with a couple of strange choices: Marriage is For Old Folks, written by Leon Carr and Earl Shuman and recorded by Nina Simone. Shenoy and Dean don't do it any harm both kicking in with lusty solos whilst Bartlett and Draper keep the groove afloat. 
Finally, a further, much further, step back in time - in theory anyhow - with Arthur Schwartz' You and the Night and the Music. Bartlett puts the boot in, Shenoy runs with the ball and touches down. Arthur Schwartz turns over but only so he can hear it better. 
An album that promised much and delivered more. April 8 the band shoot up the M1 to play Seven Arts in Leeds then turn around and head back home stopping off at Kenilworth Jazz Club on April 9. There's also a couple of late-nighters at Ronnie's on April 20/21.
Lance.
Framework is released on March 30 on Jellymould Jazz JM-JJ029.

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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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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