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Bebop Spoken There

Artie Shaw: “I'm not interested in giving people what they want--I'm interested in making music.” – (DownBeat October 15, 1939).

Jason Marsalis: “There's so many places that this music can go and there's a lot yet to be discovered.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Sunday March 18


Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 12 noon. Free.

Jason Isaacs & the Ambassadors of Swing - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 5:30pm (doors 4:00pm). £16.00.

Revolutionaires - Tyne Bar, Maling St, Newcastle NE6 1LP. 3pm. Free.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).


POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER! Zoë Gilby Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8:00pm. £5.00. Rescheduled August 19.

Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.

Bradley Johnston - The Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 6:00pm. Free. New weekly residency.

Gypsy Dave Smith - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, November 03, 2014

CD Review: Euan Burton - Too Much Love

Euan Burton (bs); Adam Jackson (alt); Tom Gibbs (pno); Alyn Cosker (dms).
(Review by Lance).
The title comes from the notion that so many of the things that go wrong, or the mistakes people make, come from a place of either people having misplaced love or having so much love that they don't know how to deal with it and channel it properly. I guess it's a rose-tinted way to look at certain darker and more upsetting aspects of life and this struck me as a good starting point for writing a new album, this idea of 'Too Much Love'.
So wrote Euan Burton on the press release to this album.
I'm not sure that reading the above would compel me to me to check the CD out - more likely I'd be off to the corner chemist for some anti-depressants!
Which would be self defeating as, in truth, listening to it in a darkened room without any of the above hype Too Much Love comes across as a rather beautiful work. Excellent compositions, moody and, at times deeply introspective, emotions that, without hindsight, the listener can equate with his own interpretation rather than be swayed by the composer. I realise that, in many ways, this contradicts Burton's intent and I apologise. These things are subjective and, to me, it is simply a CD with some superb playing on some well crafted pieces.
Jackson's alto is as melodic as anything I've heard since the days of Paul Desmond. Plus he can also burn it up - particularly when Cosker is stoking the fire. Gibbs is another Glasgow ace - if all the Scottish jazz musicians decided to move south the English MU would soon be re-building Hadrian's Wall!
As for Burton, a fine bass player and a composer of outstanding ability.
Euan Burton's Too Much Love is to be released by Whirlwind Recordings - WR4662 on November 17. Check it out at

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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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