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Art Blakey: "You [Bobby Watson] don't want to play too long, because you don't know if they're clapping because they're glad you finished!" - (JazzTimes, Nov. 2019).

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Today Saturday November 16

Afternoon

Jazz

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hammer & Pincers, Preston Lane, Preston le Skerne, Newton Aycliffe DL5 6JH. Tel: 01325 314873. 1:00pm. £2.00.

Evening

Emma Johnson’s Gravy Boat - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00.concs.). A Jazz Co-op-JNE-Jazz North Northern Line promotion.

Niffi Oseyemi Trio - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. Free (donations).

Blues/Funk/Soul

Ian Siegal - Old Cinema Launderette, Marshall Terrace, Durham DH1 2HX. 7:45pm. £20.00. + £2.00. bf.

Red Hot Riot - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Jason Moran presents In My Mind: Monk At Town Hall


This was something else! A concert that surely ranks pretty close to the top of anyone's list; perhaps even higher than the 1959 concert it paid tribute to! I can't speak with any authority as I wasn't there and I'm not familiar with the Riverside recording from New York Town Hall--something I must rectify asap
However, despite all the Monkian connotations, to me the music bore a greater resemblance to the work of Charles Mingus which is nothing to be ashamed of. Indeed, the combination of Monk, Mingus and Moran could be said to be the equivalent of Bach, Bartok and Beethoven getting together to knock out a symphony.
The wall of sound from the nine piece was mindblowing, the impetus from the rhythm section hypnotic, and the piano work of Jason Moran, technically, far in advance of the Monk I've heard on record. To create the right ambience a screen showed faded images of Thelonious Monk and his early environment which, to be honest, I found slightly irritating at first. However, it gradually became an integral part of the presentation and at times added an extra dimension to the music
THE MUSIC
This was music to fuel an addiction to music.
No intermission, no interval chit-chat, just (just!) an hour and a half of sheer compulsion that left the audience as drained as the musicians marching out of the hall, still playing à la Hampton.
We thought it was all over.
Until we reached the bar.
Here, not only were they still playing but dancing and chanting as they played. We'd had the most beautiful, exotic, cake--now we were getting the icing!
For the record: Jason Moran (pno), Tarus Mateen (bs), Nasheet Waits (dms), Jason Yarde (alto), Denys Baptiste (ten), Byron Wallen (tpt), Fayyaz Virji (tmb) and Andy Grappy (tuba) were the names carved with pride.
The penalty shoot-out in the European Cup-final seemed tame in comparision.
Lance

5 comments :

Jimmy said...

Congrats on some inspired writing about Jason and the boys.
A most extraordinary evening indeed.

Liz said...

You certainly bring another dimension to these gigs with your excellent writings Lance. The North East seems to be awash with talent...not least yours!

Lance said...

The North-east certainly is awash with talent although, on this occasion, the talent was 33% American (piano, bass and drums)and 66% London based (horns).

Sarah R said...

The North-east certainly is awash with talent although, on this occasion, the talent is 25% humour (wordplay, personality) and 75% intuition (perception, interpretation) and 10% magnetism (regular readership, enchantment).

I'm nicely stranded in 2008, reading from the start; hours and hours of delectable posts to look forward to as I gaze upon appetizing titles to click. Bebop Spoken Here is an inspirational labour of love.

Sarah

Lance said...

Thanks Sarah R. I'm pleased these'labours of love' aren't lost.

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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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