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Jeremy Pelt: "It [Birth of the Cool sessions] was bebop in sheep's clothing." - (DownBeat, December 2019).

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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.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Simon Spillett Quartet - Early Music Centre York

Simon Spillett (ten), John Critchinson (pno), Andy Cleyndert (bs), Martin Drew (dms).
Amazingly, given the above line-up, the Early Music Centre wasn't sold-out - perhaps the music wasn't early enough. Paradoxically, tomorrow's concert by Snake Davis is sold-out! The jazz world never fails to amaze me.
Still, it was their loss. Four of this country's very finest gave a stella, nay, memorable performance - what a saxophone bonanza we've had recently (Tony Kofi, Julian Siegel, Tim Garland - albeit further north than York).
Tonight it was Simon Spillett, blowing in the tradition of Tubbs and Griffin. Hit 'em hard and hit 'em fast was the name of the game as SS sailed through the changes on his new (on loan) Cannonball tenor.
"The Right To Love" and "I Thought About You" touched on his lyrical side but it was the movers such as "Peace Pipe" and "Cherokee" that really got the adrenaline coursing.
Pianist Critchinson has been around for some time now and in truth they don't come much better than John who revelled in the delights of playing on a Bosendorfer grand - the same make of piano that Oscar Peterson used to favour. OP's former drummer, Martin Drew, swung things along nicely and soloed powerfully whilst Andy C was, as ever, the epitome of the thinking man's bass player.
Great gig, great venue and great company.
Lance.

1 comment :

Liz said...

Yes wasn't it great? being tutored by you of course Lance put me in a better position to understand the pedigree of line up. I thought that Simon's birthday tribute to his partner "I thought about you" was so romantic, much better than "that song"
Liz.

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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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