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Today Wednesday November 20

Afternoon

Jazz

Scott Wall - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 1:00pm. £3.00. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

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.

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

Blues/Folk

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, September 28, 2012

Redemption Jazz @ Hoochie Coochie. Friday Sept. 27.

John Hall (ten); Jim Hall (keys); Keith Tulip (bs); Martin Wake (dms).
(Review by Lance.)
Redemption Jazz don't take prisoners - they go for the jugular from bar one. That they do it in a contemporary manner whilst still retaining the basic ingredients of jazz (and music) is very much to their credit. They swing, they get a groove going, at times the intensity is almost unbearable until they bring you down - sometimes you don't want to be brought down!
Think back to the Tommy Chase Quartet - remember them? you should because they relate to the all-time British band listings.
Not everyone will agree,  the Chase Quartet had it's detractors, just as I'm sure Redemption Jazz do - there can't be many if, indeed on tonight's performance, any!
Opening up with a piece by - did John Hall say the Harper Brothers? - the battering ram brigade took off with the unknighted John Hall displaying his prodigious tenor technique to great advantage. An original, Quando, not to be confused with the triplicated titled tune, kept the jazz funk latin mode moving and Uptight described this band perfectly - as tight a band as any I've heard lately.
Then came Free Lance - dedicated to yours truly it is certainly a tune I'll bear in mind for my funeral, glad I was wearing black and someone did ask me if the piece was depicting one of my dark moods?
There's a Question Mark, If (no not that If!) and Chick Corea's La Fiesta brought the set to a close. More fiery tenor and good piano from Jim Hall who didn't play guitar.
Manteca, Spain, El Loco, Cole-Trane and a blast on God Bless The Child that suggested that this particular child was about to be drowned in the bath were some of the numbers in the second set.
Tulip on bass and Wake on drums never flagged driving the quartet relentlessly along - rocking, swinging, grooving, taking it to the limit but never beyond. 
This band don't take no prisoners, this band.
Catch them again on Sunday at The Bridge Hotel.
Photos.
Lance.

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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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