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Sting: "It was great. They [the River City Jazzmen] all wore blue suits. The band had been together for about twenty years, which was the same age as the suits." - (Melody Maker Sept. 22, 1979).

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Daily: July 6 - October 27

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden - Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA. Tel: 0191 478 1810. Screenings at intervals during the day. Part of Akomfrah's exhibition Ballasts of Memory. Exhibition (daily) July 6 - October 27. 10:00am-6:00pm. Free.

Today Monday October 21

Afternoon

Jazz

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden (see centre column).

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 3:00pm/5:30pm. Screening of Stanley Nelson's documentary film (2019, cert. 15, 1hr 55mins).

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

CD Review: Tim Kliphuis - The Grappelli Album

Tim Kliphuis (vln); Nigel Clark (gtr); Roy Percy (bs).
A few years back, at the Saville Exchange, North Shields - remember those wonderful sessions the late Mike Durham organised there and the top class musicians he brought to the historic building? Ken Peplowski, Marty Grosz and Daryl Sherman to mention but a few. Oh yes, and there was a Dutch violinist - Tim Kliphuis, in the company of Keith Stephen, Roly Veitch and Bruce Rollo. I remember it well, the man from Holland swung it like the man from Paris! Let me tell you he does it again here - Grappelli Lives!
The opening Honeysuckle Rose reminded me the song had a verse. I first encountered Honeysuckle Rose in a book of Fats Waller tunes and, in those days (I was about 14), I assumed that if a piece of music had a verse it was played as part of the tune or else why bother writing it? So I learned the verse. As my education progressed I discovered that playing the verse was the exception rather than the norm. Shame. Might as well cut out the When shall we three meet again, in thunder lightning or in rain? from the opening scene of  Macbeth.
However, I digress, this is jazz violin at its finest and, dare I say it? Unlike Stephane, Tim doesn't have the chugging clunk clunk Hot Club rhythm to hold him back.
Don't get me wrong, Django was marvellous and the bands that recreate the Hot Club music such as Djangologie do it very well but I have to say that Grappelli sounded so much better in his later years with Martin Taylor, John Etheridge etc.
I'm going to savour this disc as long as I have taste buds in my ears. Not just the classic gassers such as Honeysuckle, I Surrender Dear, How High the Moon, J'Attendrai, Shine, The Nearness of You and the Hot Club faves - Swing 39 and Stompin' at Decca - but also the five rare Grappelli compositions relatively unknown to other than the connoisseur - every one a gem.
On guitar Clark, makes no attempt to re-create the Django role, although he does occasionally nod in the gypsy's direction, but instead takes the latterday approach of Grappelli's later sidemen and does it brilliantly.
Roy Percy - Scotland's Mr Bassman lives up to his title.
Love 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.
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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.)
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