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Bebop Spoken There

Danny Gatton: "I was tired of playing in beer joints. I wanted to do something tangible like building cars. But once you do music it gets into your blood. You can get away from it for awhile but sooner or later it comes back to you." - (Down Beat April 1991).

Tal Farlow: "There were times when I would stop [playing guitar] and do sign painting." - (Downbeat December 5, 1963)

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Today Wednesday August 23

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
New Orleans Jazz at the Village Hall - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.
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Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

CD Review; Man Overboard Quintet - Down in the Deep Deep Blue

Thomas Gould (vln); Ewan Bleach (clt); Louisa Jones (vcl); Jean-Marie Fagon (gtr); Dave O'Brien (bs).
Man Overboard are unique in Hot Club circles - at least in my experience they are - not only do they avoid, to a certain extent,  overdoing the sluggish (chuggish?) pulsation of the originals - Django keeping his relatives in a job? - they maintain the same feel whilst still swinging.
The addition of clarinet alongside Gould's violin playing - as good as anything this side of  Tim Kliphuis (Emma Fisk a notable exception) - make this an alternative look at Hot Club music which is well worthy of its predecessors. Although I must say that very occasionally the music comes over as slightly corny (think Pee Wee Hunt's Twelfth St. Rag*)
This, their second CD, is, nevertheless, a welcome addition to the genre and complements their previous offering. Bleach can swing those strings and Jones' vocals incorporate hints of Billie, Bessie and maybe Annette Hanshawe and Ruth Etting - whatever - the amalgam comes out as pure Louisa!
A band to enjoy on record and then find out where they are playing live for an even greater experience!  
Maybe one day they will travel north - they won't need a map as Monsieur Fagon has un histoire a la Sunderland and his feature on Fats Waller's I Wish I Were Twins is far removed from the days when he hung out with the Toy Dolls!
Man Overboard:  Down in the deep, deep blue is due to be released in March on Champs Hill Records CHR CD 089
Lance.
Twelfth St. Rag sold a million copies so maybe....

1 comment :

  1. Louisa Jones hails from the north east and a while ago recorded with some of the region's best jazz musicians. Man Overboard were heard on In Tune, Radio 3 last year.

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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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