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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.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

CD Review: Saxophonics - The River Flows At Night

Keith Robinson (alt/sop); Steve Summers (alt/ten); Graeme Wilson (ten); Niall Armstrong (bar).
(Review by Lance.)
Saxophonics go back a few years now - I remember them with a slightly different line-up back in the days of the Side Café. At the time they were very much based on Bobby Watson's 29th St. Saxophone Quartet and much of the material was drawn from the pen of Watson.
The 29th St. SQ is still an influence on Saxophonics - and every other saxophone quartet in the world - but these days the material is home grown by way of original compositions by band members. On this CD six of the compositions are by Wilson and four are by Armstrong.
If you haven't heard Saxophonics live - and you soon will have the opportunity (more later) - imagine a Bach fugue with the string quartet replaced by four saxophones weaving contrapuntal, angular, lines intertwining intriguingly and effectively by four virtuoso players. It is so well done it isn't always easy to separate the written parts from the improvisatory ones.
Several of Wilson's pieces are familiar having heard them in other settings - Street of Furs and The New Wallow being two such opuses to make the transition without mishap. The title track is another dream arrangement. The image of the river flowing at night is captured perfectly. Armstrong's, to the best of my knowledge, were written solely with the quartet in mind and his beefy baritone bass lines ensure a firm foundation is laid for the ensemble.
The CD is due to be launched as part of a lunchtime concert at the Lit and Phil, Westgate Rd., Newcastle, on Friday December 13 (1pm) where many of the numbers on the CD will be performed and the disc itself will be on sale for £10. It is also available from www.saxophonics.org
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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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Lance