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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.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

CD Review: Kenny Wheeler - Songs For Quintet

Kenny Wheeler (flug); Stan Sulzmann (ten); John Parricelli (gtr); Chris Laurence (bs); Martin France (dms).
(Review by Lance).
I think this is going to be my CD of the month. Not just because it was Kenny Wheeler's final recording and he deserves to have this minor accolade amongst the many major ones he achieved in his lifetime. Truth is he would have probably got the nod had this been his first recording, a lot of years ago, when he came over from Toronto and added both his trumpet and his pen to the Dankworth band.

Nor is it because of Sulzmann's fine tenor playing or his son's past association with Durham Uni Big Band. It isn't even the title of track 8 - A Pretty Liddle Waltz! As I never met Kenny I wouldn't be presumptuous enough to think I inspired the name of the tune - but I can dream can't I? (Now there's a song title for you!)
No, the down to earth honest truth is that this is as good as anything that came out of the Abbey Road Studios and fortunately, the frail in body if not in spirit or mind flugel horn player didn't have to do a photo shoot on a zebra crossing.
Wheeler brings a charismatic feel to his playing that evokes the spirit of some of Miles' classic moments. Reflective, introspective, it's as if he's saying "I'm an old man, I can't run a four minute mile, but with age comes wisdom and wisdom is something to be cherished, to be used and applied." Wheeler applies that sagacity here choosing The note, The phrase, The mood and, in Sulzmann, he has the soulmate to make this happen on this recording (December 2013). Parricelli's sensitive guitar gives the mix something that maybe even an ace keyboard player wouldn't have managed. It's that kind of disc - provocative but in a very mellow way.
A fitting memory of one of the greats.
Now available on ECM 470 4653.
Lance (Liddle).

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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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