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Gregg Field: "If I play an aggressive fill, he [Sinatra] might look back with a huge grin on his face. But if we don't do something right, we get the ray, and his ray makes Benny Goodman's ray look like Mother Theresa's ''- (Down Beat June 1995).

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Clifford Brown: "Club owners hire stars, but try to save money by putting in a local rhythm section. If these new men are weak musically, they hurt the star's reputation too." - (Down Beat May4, 1955).

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Today Wednesday September 28

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Take it to the Bridge (jazz workshop/jam) - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £1.
Dave Rae’s Levee Ramblers - Springwell Village Hall, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 0191 4162630. 9pm. £2.
Katherine Stone w. the Alan Law Trio - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:15pm. No cover charge.
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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Simon Spillett Quartet @ The Corner House

Simon Spillett (ten); Paul Edis (pno); Mick Shoulder (bs); Adam Sinclair (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Wonderful! Wonderful! - an apt opener for this is what this evening surely was. Spillett soared through the changes of the old Johnny Mathis number at Tempo de Lick. It was a performance that was truly formidable. My heart was pounding and this was only the first number! Not that this was a one man show. The Edis Trio more than held their own impressing both audience and star. All four were on a roll tonight. 
This was like a gig by the old Jazz Couriers - Tubby Hayes inspired tenor and Ronnie Scott inspired jokes!
Jimmy Deuchars' Bass House featured Mick Shoulder, the little known ballad, Yesterday I Heard the Rain, brought out the rhapsodic side of Spillett, and Edis' solo too exuded emotively.
Oleo took no prisoners. This was one of the many go for broke moments that culminated in exchanges of eights and fours between drums and tenor. Adam, if you can cut it in this company you can cut it anywhere!
The set concluded with Night in Tunisia - another pot-boiler - and a feature for drums that left us, the audience, gasping.
A brief chat with Simon Spillett during the break reminded me that, not only is he a super fast fingerer, but he also has a deep interest in the history of modern jazz and has written many articles for the major British jazz magazines as well as sleeve notes for over 40 albums. We both shared a deep regret at the loss of Crescendo magazine.
Back on stage it was Walkin' 'cept it was anything but walking - if Mo Farah played the saxophone it would be at this speed!
Tubby Hayes' beautiful ballad, Saria - dedicated to, I quote, "One of his wives"  - was sumptuous and sensuous but what about, A Pint of Bitter?
Written for Tubbs by Clark Terry this, for me was possibly the tenor man's best solo of the evening. This is working on the assumption that it is possible to rate such high calibre solos in the first place!
Weird Blue put the baby to bed but not before Edis had shown just what he could - and indeed did do to it!
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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