Total Pageviews

Bebop Spoken There

Frank Zappa: “Those kids [US students] wouldn't know music if it came up and bit 'em on the ass.” – (DownBeat October 3, 1969).

Archive

The Things They Say!

Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".

Today Wednesday February 19

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Zoë Gilby & Mark Williams - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 1:00pm. £3.00. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

After Hours #4: Stéphane Grappelli - Cafédral Durham, Owengate, Durham DH1 3HB. 7:30pm. £5.00. (concs. available). Sonia Rae (violin); Tom Burgess (guitar); Jack Theaker (guitar); Angus Shennan (keyboards); David Byfield (drums) + Clara Falkowska (flugelhorn, violin). ‘The life and work of Stéphane Grappelli’. Durham University Jazz Society event.

Blues/Soul/Funk etc.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Match & Fuse no. 2. World Service Project & Schulbus

WSP: Dave Morecroft (keyboards), Conor Chaplin (electric bass), Neil Blandford (drums), Tim Ower (saxophones) & Raphael Clarkson (trombone).
Schulbus: Hannes Buder (guitar); Robert Menzel (tenor); Hannes Lingens (drums).
A sampler CD promoting the second Match & Fuse tour which, unlike M & F tour no. 1, doesn't touch down in the North. In fact, as I see it, the only two British gigs are at Corpus Christi College, Oxford on Nov. 26 and London's Vortex Club on Nov. 27 although a German tour is scheduled for Feb. 2012.
Each band is allotted 3 tracks each and it is interesting to compare them. The German Schulbus, open up the proceedings with Untitled #5, a frantic almost punklike intro that leads into a savage improv burst before mellowing  into some introspective lyricism. WSP run with the lyricism on There's Always One, an imaginative flow of sympathetic cohesion between the two horns gradually building the tension before chilling out. Schulbus return for Winter Dance a slow seduction of the senses that pulls the listener in with its hypnotic rhythm and loping tenor. sax.
Back to WSP for Bye Bye - which isn't their final track - and some probing, searching keywork from Moorcroft. Shades of Evans/Jarrett at their melodic best. 
Time once more to board the Schulbus for Soziophob. A meander through the Black Forest perhaps before hitting the Autobahn at rush hour. WSP round things off with Relentless which is just that as it drives for home. Jazzwise got it in one with this band - "The Led Bib you can dance to."
Lance.

No comments :