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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 Tuesday November 12

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Free.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 1:15pm. Stanley Nelson's 2019 documentary film.

Evening

Jazz

Not Now Charlie - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

Blues

Sugaray Rayford - Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle NE1 2PQ. Tel 0191 230 4474. 8:00pm. £15.00.

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

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

CD Review: Joey Stuckey - Mixture.

Joey Stuckey (gtr & drum programming); Tom Rule (keys & drum programming); Miguel Catro (dms & Perc) + Marcus Reddick ((dms & Perc. on 2 tracks); Mark Williams ((dms & Perc. on 1 track.); Pam Rule (vcl 1 track); Monty Cole (fl. 1 track).
Stuckey describes his music as "Jazz infused rock with southern attitude" which sounds like a good description even if I don't know what he means! There's enough jazz here to include it within these pages - but maybe only just!
Having said that, the blind, Florida born guitarist is no mean performer and Too Pooped to Bop displays his jazz cred. Likewise, keyboardist and co-writer Tom Rule shows that he too has the chops although to draw comparisions with Herbie Hancock, Oscar Peterson and Dave Brubeck is perhaps a slight exaggeration. Sunday Brunch is a cool bossa that wouldn't be out of place in the better class of elevator. Give Five follows a similar pattern with the addition of Cole - a.k.a. Dr. Flute-a-licious - who helps to maintain the smoothness.
Raining incorporates the sound of rain but  Holly Tree Hopeful is a cracking track. Another bossa but a great tune that deserves a lyric. Rule excellent on vibes and Stuckey working out on guitar. Crooked is a swinger that again shows Stuckey and Rule off to advantage.
Joey Stuckey - Mixture is available on Senate Records from November 27.
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.
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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.)
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