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Bebop Spoken There

Peter Woodford: "I noticed when I went to hear some jazz in a little pub on the outskirts of London the people were really listening. I'm used to guys in bars only interested in making out with their girl friends. Here the idea seems to be to take a girl, enjoy the music, and make out later." - (Crescendo September 1972).
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Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".

Today Wednesday February 19

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Zoë Gilby & Mark Williams - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 1:00pm. £3.00. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

After Hours #4: Stéphane Grappelli - Cafédral Durham, Owengate, Durham DH1 3HB. 7:30pm. £5.00. (concs. available). Sonia Rae (violin); Tom Burgess (guitar); Jack Theaker (guitar); Angus Shennan (keyboards); David Byfield (drums) + Clara Falkowska (flugelhorn, violin). ‘The life and work of Stéphane Grappelli’. Durham University Jazz Society event.

Blues/Soul/Funk etc.

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.

Thursday, September 05, 2013

CD Review: Phillip Clouts Quartet - The Hour of the Pearl

Philip Clouts (pno); Carlos Lopez-Real (alt/sop); Alex Keen (bs); Jon Desbruslais (dms).
(Review by Lance)
Russell reviewed a live gig by the Clouts Quartet last October at New Hartley. He wrote enthusiastically and, listening to this, their latest album, I can understand why!
Clouts is both an expressive pianist and an imaginative composer Some of the pieces betray his South African origins with punchy Township rhythms whilst others concentrate on the melodic side of contemporary modern.
Add Lopez-Real's alto and the feel is of Art Pepper, Dave Liebman - lyrical, modern sounding displaying the beauty the alto (and soprano) sax is capable of. A professor at the Guildhall School of Music his playing goes a long way to explain why so many good musicians graduate from there.
Desbruslais is the perfect drummer. Laying back when necessary, driving the guys forward when needed and soloing effectively. On bass Alex Keen - he missed the New Hartley gig - is musically self-effacing but not to the extent of being aurally invisible. He provides the fulcrum and when he does step forward the results are magical.
The CD title was inspired by a poetic extract from Steinbeck's Cannery Row.
"The grey time after the light has come but before the sun has risen...a time of peace, a deserted time, a little era of rest...the interval between day and night when time stops and examines itself."
Somehow that quote seems just right for the music on this CD
Philip Clouts Quartet - The Hour of the Pearl is released on Sept. 23 on Point Records PCD 026.
Lance.

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