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Bebop Spoken There

Red Nichols: “Bix could do more on one note than any group of 100 cornet players and you can put me at the last.” – (DownBeat August 1937).

Jimmy Cobb: “A lot of places we played in the States weren't ready for Trane's thing. At one club, a woman stood up and yelled at Miles, 'Make him stop.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Friday March 16


James Harrison Trio - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Giles Strong Trio - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland Town Hall DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.


Julija Jacenaite & Friends - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 9:00pm. Free.

Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas @ Sunderland Empire, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3EX. 7:30pm. Featuring Rat Pack Big Band & Burrelli Sisters.

Paul Edis Sextet - Traveller’s Rest, West Auckland Road, Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER. 8:30pm. £8.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.

Washboard Resonators - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra - Kommunity, Market Street, Newcastle NE1 6BH. 7:30pm. ‘End of Term Party’ promoted by NUJO (various performers, some from NUJO).

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

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

Friday, February 06, 2015

EP review: The Graeme Wilson Quartet – Pleasureland

Graeme Wilson (tenor saxophone), Paul Edis (piano & Hammond organ), Andy Champion (double bass) & Adam Sinclair (drums).
(Review by Russell)
Pleasureland is a four-track EP sampler recording by the Graeme Wilson Quartet. The music is composed by Graeme Wilson and his quartet comprises four of the very best musicians working on the jazz scene. Wilson’s CV includes numerous CD recording sessions, commissioned suites and performance experience across the jazz spectrum and beyond.
The curiously titled Toe of Fudge opens the EP with the composer in typical form; the stop/start, switch-back compositional form, Wilson’s tenor work unfailingly logical in conception and execution (pianist Paul Edis is heard in playful mood on the Hammond). The title track – Pleasureland – is the one ballad. All four musicians excel with drummer Adam Sinclair in subtle, yet propulsive form as Wilson’s sinuous tenor takes it out.
Street of Furs is one of those tunes, once heard, for ever in mind. Flowing, inviting the nominated soloist to stretch out. Bassist Andy Champion is never less than immaculate and the closing number – Honolulus – is an excellent example of his unsurpassed facility on his chosen instrument. Hear Honolulus on this EP and you will want to hear Wilson and co in concert.
Pleasureland (GBWQ001) by the Graeme Wilson Quartet is available now. Photography by Cath Keay.
Highly recommended. 


Anonymous said...

Don't think that website is the same Graeme Wilson!

Lance said...

Website link now corrected!

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