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Bebop Spoken There

Trudy Kerr: "My dad sings a bit, quite well, and when he's had a few drinks, thinks he's Louis Armstrong " – (Jazz Journal May 2008).

John McDonough: "Yes I saw Coltrane close up and he sounded perfectly dreadful." – (Down Beat October 1999).

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Today Thursday July 28

Afternoon.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone Bar and Restaurant,Whitley Rd. , Newcastle upon Tyne NE27 0DA.1:00pm. Free.
Broadway Melody - Tynemouth Metro Station, Station Terrace, Tynemouth. NE30 4RE. 1:00pm. Free.
Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society - Caedmon Hall, Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead. NE8 4LN. 5:00pm. Subject: ‘Families in Jazz’.
Evening.
Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - The Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth. 7:00pm. Free.
Alan Glen Trio - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NW4 7AD. 8:00pm. £5.00. Alan Glen’s 80th birthday gig.
Descarga! - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. Free
Tees Hot Club w.Kevin Eland & Donna Hewitt (sax) - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
Maine St., Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside, Tyne and Wear, 8:30pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Graeme Wilson Quartet - The Music of John Coltrane. Splinter @ The Bridge.

Graeme Wilson (ten); Stu Collingwood (keys); Andy Champion (bs); Adrian Tilbrook (dms). (Review by Lance.)
Song of the Underground Railroad from Coltrane's Africa Brass album kicked off this tribute. Wilson was in paint-stripping mode from bar one. By bar 16 he was going for the jugular and by the end of his solo he left no doubt that he was The Man to take us on a Trane ride. Collingwood kept the engine fuelled with Tilbrook and Champion making sure it stayed on track. What am I saying? "Stayed on track!" - it did a couple of mid air somersaults , shaked it's caboose and still arrived on time. This was some Trane!
Next up Lazy Bird from Blue Train - my favourite Coltrane album - more outstanding solos and I have to say, at this moment in time, I can't think of four guys who are still alive doing this better than tonight's four. I'm not talking Newcastle or even England - I'm talking the world.
Coltrane's tribute to Sonny Rollins - Like Sonny - ticked the boxes as did the beautiful Aisha from Olé. This was followed by the most amazing version of Countdown. I well recall the Woody Herman Band playing this at a North Sea Jazz Festival circa 1983. Charlie Carmichael and I watched and listened in awe as the five saxes blew this legendary fingerbuster with apparent ease. Tonight, Graeme Wilson did the same and did it even faster!
Break time. The consensus during the interval was that this Coltrane themed gig had pulled a respectably sized audience - as had previous themes such as Miles, Mingus and Bill Evans.... Who next? 
Back on the stand, Tilbrook put the boot in before Wilson joined him for a drum/tenor blast on Venus that led, I think, into Cosmos. Whatever, it was one helluva journey into space!
Bass Blues moved back in time by a minute or two but Persuance from the Love Supreme album propelled us into a world of Supreme Love.
This should have been recorded!
It was! - video link
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. You can hear (and see, eventually) the whole gig here: http://www.splinterjazz.co.uk/graeme-wilson-coltranenight-soundonly/wilson-coltranenight-sounds-only.mp3

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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.
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