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Today Tuesday March 19

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jam Session - Black Swan Arts Centre, 54 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. 8:00pm. Free. Note this session will be held in the Mezzanine Café part of the building.

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

Friday, November 16, 2018

Alan Glen Trio @ The Globe Jazz Bar - Nov. 15

Alan Glen (piano); John Pope (bass); Paul Wight (drums).
(Review by Lance).
The choice lay between Alan Glen at the Globe or James Harrison and Paul Skerritt at the Black Swan. The undefeated champion or his number one contender?
It was a tough call but, having heard James the previous night at Jesmond, I opted to catch one of the all too rare appearances by the old master.

It nearly didn't happen, apart from aggravating a pulled hamstring as I ran for the bus, all was not well with the Yamaha piano at the Jazz Coop HQ. A note that, without warning, trebled in volume gave our pianist cause for concern - just as well Keith Jarrett wasn't doing the gig.  Nevertheless, trooper that he is, the keyboard king bravely soldiered on to give an outstanding performance that thrilled the gathered worshippers.


Paul Wight too had problems in the form of a knackered bass drum pedal. Fortunately, a replacement was at hand. All that remained now was for John Pope to snap a string. 
He didn't! Instead, he gave a performance that befitted his position as an in-demand bass player.

The music.
If I Should Lose You (perish the thought Alan) followed by Time After Time. Earlier in the day, by coincidence, Liz in York had sent me a YouTube shot of Chet Baker singing the very same. We both agreed it was one of the classiest songs ever and, even without Chet's wistful vocal, Alan's version was, despite the malfunctioning middle G, equally, pardon the pun, timeless.
Love is a Many Splendoured Thing; That's All; Yardbird Suite; Love Letters; Night Shade (Glen original) and Love For Sale saw the first set out.

Glasses recharged, it was back to the street - On Green Dolphin St. to be precise. A swinging version followed by the gentle lilt of I Thought About You and the romanticism of I'll Close My Eyes and When I Fall in Love. John Pope's arco bass solo on the latter number hit the spot.

An original, Waltz For A.C. Who or what A.C. represents wasn't explained. All of You wallowed in some luxuriant chording before the final number - Cherokee. They don't come much better - or faster - than this one driven on relentlessly by drummer Wight.
A boppish encore sent everyone home happy - it had been quite a night.
Lance.

1 comment :

Patti said...

Yes - this was an ace gig - and a wonderful play list. As Lance says, the closing number was Cherokee - it's always a bit of a barnstormer - a flag waver, as some say. It's interesting to think about Ray Noble's earlier compositions as comparison - the gorgeously sweet melodies of The Very Thought Of You and Goodnight Sweetheart.

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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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