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Today Tuesday December 10

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Evening

Jam session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. House trio: Mark Williams, Paul Grainger, Rob Walker.

Tyne Valley Big Band - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

Blues/Soul/Folk etc.

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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Jazz 625 - Dizzy Gillespie Quintet

Dizzy Gillespie (tpt), James Moody (alt/ten/flute), Kenny Barron (pno), Chris White (bs), Rudy Collins (dms).
A BBC broadcast from over 40 years ago this was a worthy reminder of why Dizzy was known as 'The Greatest Trumpet of Them All". He played with a technique that many saxophone players would die for!
Not so James Moody. Dizzy's long-time associate flew alongside on alto, tenor and flute - his solo on the latter instrument truly remarkable. Kenny Barron on piano, barely out of his teens was another who kicked. With White and Collins they made a formidable rhythm section.
And of course, Dizzy, apart from his horn-playing never forgot that music is also entertainment.
Great stuff.
By contrast, The Brubeck Quartet came across as dated and, dare I say it? Boring. If you don't believe me just look at the shots of the audience!
Possibly this was because, apart from "Take Five" which we've all heard once too often, Paul Desmond received little exposure and for me, Desmond was the jewel in that particular crown.
In between these two programmes we looked at four albums recorded in 1959 that "Changed the Course of Jazz History".
The albums were - Miles' "Kind Of Blue", Brubeck's "Time Out", "Mingus' "Mingus Ah Hum" and Ornette's "The Shape of Jazz To Come."
Interesting, but too much talk and not enough music. Still I have the discs so I can catch up.
Next weeks it's Oscar Peterson and MJQ.
Lance.

2 comments :

Roly said...

Agreed the Brubeck concert was disappointing. Sound quality not too good either. Much prefer Desmond with Jim Hall but I'm biased! Enjoyed the other programmes much more. Moody fantastic on flute. I saw him at Ncle Playhouse one year - Benny's from Heaven (cos he damned sure ain't from me). Great player.
Roly

Lance said...

I'm pleased you mentioned the sound quality as I thought I'd put a duff tape in.
Yes Moody was great at Playhouse and also at Corner House with Adrian, Pete and Malcolm.