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Jack Cooke: "...neither Giuffre nor Jim Hall are even adequate jazz musicians, they are technically limited, and more importantly, seem unable to improvise logically" - (Review of a JATP concert. Jazz Monthly May 1960)

Michael James: "...if Ellis [Herb] has merits they are definitely not these [fantastic fire and drive]". - (Review of Herb Ellis Meets Jimmy Giuffre (LP). Jazz Monthly May 1960).

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Today Tuesday October 17

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Black Bull, 98 Front St., East Boldon NE36 0SG. 1pm. Free. 0191 5365127. 5th of 6 consecutive gigs. 2 mins from East Boldon metro.
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Evening
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
Jam Session - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free. James Harrison on piano.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Jazz North East & Splinter @ the Bridge present: Engine Room Favourites

Martin Archer & Mick Beck (reeds); Graham Clark (violin); Corey Mwamba (vibes); Laura Cole (keyboards); Seth Bennett (bass); Steve Dinsdale (retired hurt), Peter Fairclough, Johnny Hunter, Walt Shaw (percussion). Star Rating *****
 (Review by Steve H./Photo courtesy of Ken Drew.)
When I first heard about this Decatet playing at the Splinter gig I was concerned that the band members might outnumber the audience. I needn’t have worried one of the percussionists (Steve Dinsdale) had to drop out (eaten on the way up according Martin Archer) so now reduced to a nontet the numbers were once again in favour of the audience. As it happens a more than reasonable sized crowd were treated to a memorable gig. Those risk adverse jazz fans who stayed away missed out on one of the most enjoyable and creative gigs of the year.  
Band leader Archer appears to be a musical cross between Clive Anderson and Alan Carr. In addition to his  multi reed playing he composed, cajoled, conducted, cavorted and chanted  throughout the evening.
The ensemble kicked off with  Junko Heart Bad Time from Slackwater  described by Archer as a medley of everything we have ever played and what a joy it was too - vibrant, flamboyant and featuring plenty of melodies for those who like to have a tune with their jazz.  
Although everyone in the Nontet made an outstanding contribution a special mention has to go to Watt Shaw on percussion who made up for the absence of Steve Dinsdale with an octopus like performance of animated percussion . The first set concluded with Satin Lantern a short piece introduced by Archer as  a ‘Salsa’; members of the audience were invited to dance with the band leader but sadly no one took him up on his offer.
After the interval the band performed  its most complex piece You Will Never Know me which was conceived in 3 separate units, the first Section comprising  bass, piano and vibes, the second reeds and violin and the third percussion. The piece felt almost Classical in a Bartokian way and it would be unfair to single out any performer such was the sheer class of all involved.   At the piece’s conclusion Archer suggested that it could have been renamed We will never know it! The evening concluded with a cover of ‘Hard Blues’ which  was simply magnificent – upbeat, uptempo, uplifting and  a duet between Archer on Soprano and Mwamba on vibes was absolutely mesmerising. A wonderfully entertained  audience snaked its way down the Bridge staircase and onto Castle Garth still buzzing  with excitement and admiration for what they had just experienced.
Steve H.

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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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