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Today Tuesday November 12

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Free.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 1:15pm. Stanley Nelson's 2019 documentary film.

Evening

Jazz

Not Now Charlie - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

Blues

Sugaray Rayford - Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle NE1 2PQ. Tel 0191 230 4474. 8:00pm. £15.00.

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

Monday, January 26, 2009

Alter Ego Knockout at Side Café

Even though guitarist Andy Pattinson was absent and Ian Paterson was subbed by Andy Champion this was a cracking night. Although everyone soloed at length, they didn't all solo on every number which was like a breath of fresh air. Nor did every number end with that often meaningless exercise known as 'fours'. Instead we had tight arrangements, albeit with occasional bursts of contrapuntal freedom, and imaginative solos.
Dave Hignett, mellow on flugel, reached for the stratosphere on trumpet whilst Niall Armstrong played good post bop tenor as well as a couple of flute features. Keith Robinson on alto comfortably covered the ground from Charlie Parker to Ornette and Andy Hawking proved a good advert for Roland pianos - he swung.
Plenty swinging from Dave Francis on drums. Andy Champion, on bass guitar this time round, slotted in effortlessly both in the section and solowise.
I can't remember all the tunes but I particularly dug, "Compulsion" by Miles and Hank Mobley's "Roll Call" as well as the quaintly titled "Episode From A Village Dance".
Come back soon.

4 comments :

David Francis said...

Many thanks for your kind words!

I've been following the blog for a while and meant to say "hi" tonight but didn't quite get the chance. I'll email the guys a link to your blog so they can witness your complimentary review first hand :)

Thanks again,

David

Lance said...

Hi David - good to know there are people out there. Cheers Lance

David Francis said...

I've quoted your review on www.myspace.com/alteregoseptet
and provided a link to your blog.
I Hope this is okay - if not I'll take it down.

Thanks again for your support,

David

Lance said...

No problem David.
Cheers
Lance

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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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