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Sting: "It was great. They [the River City Jazzmen] all wore blue suits. The band had been together for about twenty years, which was the same age as the suits." - (Melody Maker Sept. 22, 1979).

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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 October 21

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.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 3:00pm/5:30pm. Screening of Stanley Nelson's documentary film (2019, cert. 15, 1hr 55mins).

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Sunday, April 08, 2012

Greg Spero Trio - Splinter @ The Bridge Hotel, Newcastle.


Greg Spero (pno); Andy Champion (bs); Adrian Tilbrook (dms).
A truly magical evening by a charismatic young Chicagoan. Tell me another jazz musician who plays a gig in Cumbria then the following morning does a ten mile round trek to the top of Scafell - the highest peak in England? - Did Andy and Adrian go with him I wonder?
This was the the third gig of four for the trio and they have blended into an as one unit.
Mixing standards and originals from his latest CD, Acoustic, Spero mesmerised the room with his playing never more so than on the second number - Autumn Leaves.
The tune began with the leaves falling by my window but it developed logically to the point where the leaves weren't falling - the trees were being felled with a chainsaw! As the pianist's playing became more percussive drummer Tilbrook responded in kind and the tension became almost unbearable. "What a beast!" said Spero in praise of. Adrian's performance. Latin Fusion Blues saw more intensity as Greg explored the infinite permutations of the 12 bar form.
Alone Together - the melody splashed around until, once more, it built up into a fantastic Tilbrook driven climax. Amidst the magnificent musical mayhem Andy Champion stood tall cool and consistent providing the solidity and stability to the group.
There were so many highlights including Herbie Hancock's Sly with Andy switching to Bass Guitar that it's impossible to list them all. 
Zoe Gilby had a scat on one of the Kind of Blue tracks (Blue on Green)
This was an evening that will stay long in my memory. Just as ageing Canadians like saying "I heard Oscar at the Alberta Lounge in Montreal in 1947..." In years to come, after tonight, many will recall hearing Greg Spero at the Bridge Hotel in Newcastle in 2012 - "I was there" they will boast even if they weren't!
Autumn Leaves. Latin Fusion Blues.
Lance.
PS: I'd intended to review Greg Spero's CD Acoustic but find I can't add anything to David Gosling's earlier review except to say that I don't care how many stars you gave it David - I'll double it!

2 comments :

Greg (on Facebook) said...

Hey Lance, thank you for the wonderful review of last night's concert. Keep in touch, and I look forward to seeing you next time I'm in England!

Anonymous said...

Just caught the second set but glad I did. Phenomenal.
Roly

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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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