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James Carter: "We played around with 'Nuages' and FUNKED it up, basically." - (DownBeat, September 2019).

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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 Monday August 19

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

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

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Nick Pride and the Pimptones @ Queens Hall, Hexham

I’d listened to the Pimptones before, after listening to literally one minute I’d decided that they were a cool band, cool most certainly being the definitive word in this case. So when I arrived, sat down by the table next to them and saw Pride eating an omelette, I instantly decided that it was the coolest food ever. The band were on with the newest addition to their line-up, brand new trumpet player Keith Nicholson so I was looking forward to hearing what he’d bring.
As soon as they played their first few bars, I instantly knew I was going to be in for a treat. Straight away, bassist Ian Patterson and head man Nick Pride had visibly got into the groove starting with the funky number “Come and Get It”.
In the first two songs, the Pimptones had already shown off their variety, moving from funk to a very British 60’s jazz number. It wasn’t long before the technical talent was shown, sax/flute player Dave Wilde, trombonist Alex Leathard, and drummer Oscar Cassidy all showing off excellent abilities in their solos.
From the entire band, it truly was effortless musicianship the entire night. It was easy to see that they enjoyed playing together and they totally dispelled the stereotype of moody jazz bands. This just furthered their appeal, I wanted to get up and play a few riffs with them myself! Pride was an excellent leader, guiding the band through numerous complex arrangements and playing fantastically himself. I can’t say anything critical about the music for the night, though there was one technical thing that bothered me very slightly during the night; Pride’s vocals were very quiet compared to the band during the two or three songs that they played. Apart from this though, perfect.
As soon as they left the stage, there was raucous applause and calls for more from the audience, and they delivered, doing a brilliant cover of Britney Spears to finish. (The only non-original material of the night). All in all, a fantastic night of music, and a band I’d love to see again, perhaps in a standing venue next time!
Stuart Shevlin.

2 comments :

Lance said...

Thanks Stuart and welcome to Bebop Spoken Here.
Just one thing - you didn't give the date of the gig.

Stuart said...

Ah sorry bout that, the date was Saturday 28th November.

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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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Whilst we appreciate the many emails, texts, messages and other communications we receive requesting album/gig reviews on BSH, regrettably, we are unable to reply to all of them other than those we are able to answer with a positive response.
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Lance