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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, September 20, 2013

CD Review: John Abercrombie Quartet - 39 Steps.

John Abercrombie (gtr); Marc Copland (pno); Drew Gress (bs); Joey Baron (dms).
(Review by Lance)
Copland and Abercrombie go way back having played in a number of bands together starting with the Chico Hamilton Quartet some 40 years ago so this is no "Pleased to meet you, what shall we play?" session. Instead it's two guys familiar with each other's musical thinking which of course is important in a quartet containing two chordal instruments. Gress and Baron have also had long associations with Abercrombie and Copland's own bands so the scene was set fair for a meeting of kindred spirits.
As the album title implies several of the tracks are inspired by Hitchcock films - Vertigo, Spellbound, Shadow of a Doubt and 39 Steps. Like the films, the music is deep and mysterious, gently probing, asking questions, looking for answers and finding them. Abercrombie wrote 6 of the pieces, Copland 2, there's a collective improvisation and, wait for it, My Melancholy Baby! Take it from me it's like no other Melancholy Baby you've ever heard. A musical jigsaw with some pieces missing - love it!
Guitar and piano blend almost as one throughout with Gress playing counter lines and Baron punctuating with cymbal clashes, snare drum rolls and rhythmic patterns inspired by what's going on around him.
For someone who was once at the cutting edge Abercrombie has mellowed in a most delightful fashion. In his own words, "Along the way my playing has become both more free and more traditional." Indeed only on the collectively improvised Shadow of a Doubt does his freer side emerge and it's hardly a fire in a pet shop - not even a storm in a teacup!
Copland too, once the wildman of the electric saxophone, is now a deeply contemplative pianist patterned in the Bill Evans school of explorative improvisation.
Another gem from ECM - Without a Shadow of a Doubt!
The CD by the John Abercrombie Quartet - 39 Steps is due for release by ECM on Sept. 23 Ref ECM 374 2710.
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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Lance