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Bebop Spoken There

Abdullah Ibrahim: "For me jazz is the highest form of music." - (DownBeat, September 2019).

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Daily: July 6 - October 27

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden - Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA. Tel: 0191 478 1810. Screenings at intervals during the day. Part of Akomfrah's exhibition Ballasts of Memory. Exhibition (daily) July 6 - October 27. 10:00am-6:00pm. Free.

Today Sunday August 25

Afternoon

Jazz

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden (see above).

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Free.

Alice Grace & Nick Pride @ Great North Feast, Bents Park, Sea Road, South Shields NE33 2LD. Time 12 noon-1:00pm. Free. A 'Proper Food & Drink Festivals' event - 10:00am-5:00pm.

Zoë Gilby Family All Stars - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 1:00pm. £6.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

More Jam - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3:00pm. Free.

John Pope Quintet - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 4:00pm. £8.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 4:00pm. Free.

Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, Houndgate, Darlngton DL1 5RL. Tel: 01325 788564. 5:00-7:00pm. Free.

Blues/Funk/Soul

The Sour Mash Trio - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 2:00pm. Free.

The Palaminos - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 5:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Buck Clayton Legacy Band - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 7:00pm. £14.00. & £12.00. Line-up: Menno Daams, Ian Smith (trumpets), Robert Fowler (alto sax), Matthias Seuffert (tenor sax), Adrian Fry (trombone), Martin Litton (piano), Alyn Shipton (double bass), Clark Tracey (drums). Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Joseph Carville Trio - Devonport Hotel, 16-18 The Front, Middleton One Row, Darlington DL2 AS. Tel: 01325 332255. 7:30pm.

Francis Tulip Quintet - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Tel: 0191 232 6400. 8:00pm. £8.00. & £6.00. Quintet feat Xhosa Cole (BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year 2018).

The Comet is Coming - Georgian Theatre, Green Dragon Yard, Stockton TS18 1AT. Tel: 01642 606525. 8:00pm. £14.00.

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

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Stephenson's Rocket - Mike Carr's Blue Note Band.

Back in 1968 or was it 1969? I heard (on LP) "Hammond Under Pressure". Mike Carr (organ) and Tony Crombie (dms) were the 'pressurisers'; no bass player. This was, quite simply, the best organ disc I'd ever heard. It had always been a source of puzzlement to me why the Jimmy Smiths, the McGriffs and the McDuffs used a bass player rather than the instrument's pedalboard; after all, your average club or church organist manages the pedals with varying degrees of success, why not the so-called 'world's greatest'? After a few plays, it occurred to me that Mike Carr was doing a helluva lot more than his much vaunted contemporaries - and he was putting down better basslines with the pedals than their bassists were doing!
In consequence, I registered my vote for Mike in the annual Down Beat Poll of 1969. Needless to say, Jimmy Smith, who'd been winning organ polls seemingly since Bach retired, won with 2945 votes. I don't know how many Mike scored as they didn't list those names who amassed less than 30. Maybe he only got my vote.
Nevertheless, I remain convinced that Mike was, and indeed still is, the world's finest jazz organist and I was delighted to see my opinions vindicated by Wally Houser in the August 2002 edition of JARS - the Ronnie Scott Club house magazine - and reproduced in the sleeve notes of this CD.
The Blue Note Band brings together the Brothers Fishwick - Steve (tpt) and Matt (dms) - alongside Steve Kaldestad (ten) and of course Mike Carr - not a bass player in sight! Robert Ahwai (gtr) & Simon Morton (perc) are added on some tracks.
However, this is not just about Mike the Organ Giant but Mike the composer and arranger - and vibist/pianist.
The tunes are all in the hard bop style associated with Blue Note Records and several are dedicated to such luminaries as Dizzy, Bird and Milt as well as his former colleague in the Emcee 5 - the late Ronnie Stephenson. With the two Steves attuned to the idiom and driven along by Matt on drums this disc can walk tall alongside anything from Rudy Van Gelder's New Jersey studio - and I am an avid collector of Blue Note's.
I'd like to see the band booked by Jazz North East - did I hear a whisper somewhere that it was in the pipeline?
Lance

1 comment :

emcee said...

Thanks for the Write up you did a great job.

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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.)
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