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Bebop Spoken There

Ben Williams: "Jaco [Pastorius] is almost like the Charlie Parker of the bass." - (DownBeat November 2018).

Dana Hall: "My philosophy is that everyone in the band is a drummer." - (DownBeat November 2018.)

Today Sunday October 21

Afternoon

Middlesbrough Jazz Weekender - Details.

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Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1:00pm (doors 12 noon). Free.

James Birkett & Emma Fisk - Hurworth Village Hall, Church Row, Hurworth, Co. Durham DL2 2AQ. 2:00pm. £8.00.

Gerry Richardson’s Big Idea - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 5:00pm (doors 4:00pm). Free.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. 4:00pm. Free.

Memphis Cruisers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1 BG. 12:00-3:00pm. 1920's jazz in Trencher's, Restaurant, the Champagne Bar & Valerie's Tearooms. Now a regular Sunday gig.

Bullfrog Blues Band. - Tyne Bar, Maling St., Newcastle NE6 1LP. Tel: 0191 265 2550. 4:00pm. Free.

Evening

Mingus Big Band - Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ. Tel: 01642 729729. 7:30pm. £15.00. Middlesbrough Jazz Weekender.

Julian Costello Quartet - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £10.00. & £8.00.

James Birkett & Bradley Johnston - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 8:00pm. £5.00.

East Coast Jam - The Exchange, Howard St., North Shields NE30 1SE. 6-9pm. Free.

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

Saturday, August 11, 2018

CD Review: Wayne Shorter - Emanon

Wayne Shorter (sop/ten); Danilo Pérez (pno);  John Patitucci (bs); Brian Blade (dms) + (second set) BBC Concert Orchestra.
This 3 CD set from Blue Note seemed somewhat familiar before I realised the reason for the feeling of Deja-vu
Back in 2013, I attended an EFG concert at the Barbican by the Wayne Shorter Quartet and, as 2 of the 3 discs were recorded live in London in 2013, I'm guessing that these were from the same concert. The 3rd disc features the quartet in a studio session with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Substitute the Orpheus boys and girls for the BBC Concert gang and you have, virtually, the whole concert reproduced on disc so, I'm going to take the easy way out and repost my original review.
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Another crowded Barbican, another legend, another triumph? Well maybe, maybe not.
The first set was very much along the lines of his Blue Note CD Without a Net. The same line-up and a lot of the fire represented in the exciting album that brought the 80-year-old back into the front-line of contemporary jazz was re-created here. Already I know several authoritative figures see this as their album of the year (2013) and on this performance, I can understand them. It is a good album and this first set reinforced their opinion.
If only it had ended there!.
Enter the BBC Concert Orchestra (Orpheus Chamber Orchestra).
A wonderful orchestra, but not a jazz orchestra - contrast this with Guy Barker and his classical players. Nevertheless, they did a good job given the material but, and I'm sure I'm going to be hung, drawn and quartered next time I'm in town, to me this was on a par with Bix and Paul Whiteman. After hearing a cracking first set then to have all this quasi-jazz thrust upon me diluted the content (I kept nodding off to sleep). There are times when Serious can be too serious! Although in fairness it has to be said they have produced one of the world's great jazz festivals - and they're producing another one at Sage Gateshead next April (2014).
Lance.
PS: The standard edition comes with a graphic novel which wasn't included with my promotional 3 CD pack. The deluxe edition also includes 3 vinyl LPs along with the 3 CDs and the novel.
More details including a description of graphic novel of which I've now received a download. It is quite thought-provoking and contains some stunning artwork.
Available from August 24.
Listen/buy.

2 comments :

Peter from DE said...

According to this site:
http://www.pressreader.com/france/jazz-magazine/20180831/282729112768294

The Barbican concert material is from November 2016. Of course, maybe you are right (and the other website is wrong) and it's actually 2013.

It's strange that the dates are not listed in the official release or on Blue Note's website. The website does say that the recordings with Chamber Orchestra date from 2013.

Lance said...

I'm sure you're right but, it all seemed to hang together so I probably got it wrong, I usually do! Many thanks for your observations.

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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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