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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 Wednesday November 13

Afternoon

Jazz

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 12:15pm. Stanley Nelson's 2019 documentary film.

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

Evening

Jazz

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

Swing Street - Pier Red, Castlegate, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1LF. Tel: 01289 309168. 8:00pm. Free.

Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.00.

Blues/Folk

George Shovlin & the Radars, Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DE. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 8:00pm. Free.

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.

Friday, June 08, 2012

Watson, Walker, Edis @ The Lit and Phil.

Lewis Watson (ten); Paul Edis (pno); Rob Walker (dms).
(Review by Lance).
The cymbals bring it in - tinkling, shimmering, setting a mood. The composition is called Oh Nothing but it turns out to be something created by the keeper of the cymbals Rob Walker. Edis takes it up on piano a repetitive strain that continues after Watson's tenor luxuriates in some meaningful long notes. The tension builds, the sax develops the theme, piano becomes more intense, sax moves up a gear, drums mixes it with them before they return to base and segue into the next movement of this, what is turning into being a beautiful, jazz suite.

This triumvirate of talent is gelling so perfectly that I hardly notice the absence of a bass. Truth is, a bass would be superfluous so well integrated are these Three Kings.
The music is close to Free yet it isn't - perhaps controlled Freedom with no abuse of the instruments. No farmyard squawks or duck calls only musical sounds as we know them.
Newcastle is so lucky - these guys should be playing at Ronnie's or Birdland or any jazz club in The World! 
Bop Head is as near to convention as we get, 3/4 Harmonic Minor - Lewis' sound  never better than on this. 
Carried on the Wind - a suggestion of Debussy from Edis with some thunder from Walker and lightning from Watson. Funk and Clunk - overtones of Detroit - then the lovely Calm and Calamity.
Like the Transit of Venus crossing the sun, Watson floats easily, his vision unclouded and we are on edge awaiting the calamity. It happens! Lewis, Edis and Walker are in full flight! Reaching striving, achieving! If this is calamity bring on the Eve of Destruction because "Calamity" now means Glorious Salvation!
Three, Four, Seven Four, Five Four a mix of time signatures before, all too soon, we come to the movement entitled The End.
This was an unbelievable experience that ranks way up there with any gig in recent years.
Lance.
Oh yes, in case you hadn't guessed - these were all compositions written by the performers. Edis (5), Watson (3), Walker (1). 

2 comments :

Roly said...

You're right Lance. How fortunate we are to have such wonderful players here on our doorstep. Brilliant, different, top drawer. Festival organisers take note.
Roly

Russell said...

Do you think Statler and Waldorf in the front row enjoyed it? - see photograph.

Russell

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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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