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Bebop Spoken There

More from Jazz Monthly:

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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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Bruce Adams w. Paul Edis Trio @ Jazz Café - March 20.











Bruce Adams (tpt/flg); Paul Edis (pno); Andy Champion (bs); Adam Sinclair (dms).
(Review by Lance/photos by Mike Tilley).
Every trumpet player in the north east should have been here tonight! Listening and learning from the master. I don't mean just technique and creativity but also how to connect with an audience. Incidentally, pianists, basses and drummers could also have picked up a sack full of knowledge along the way as Edis, Champion and Sinclair were well up for the gig and Bruce's appreciation I am sure was more than mere token.
A technique and a range to die for, Adams has taken the legacy of Kenny Baker and built upon it.
Tonight, he played more flugel than trumpet (apart from when, with forked tongue no doubt, he played them together on no less a test piece than Scrapple From The Apple!)
Flugel horn is an instrument that most jazz people, myself included, relate to wistful ballads as played by, say, Art Farmer. Not Bruce! He wails like a Blue Note Cooker not afraid to take the bigger bored instrument up into the canine audio levels normally associated with Duke's feline!
He can purr on the instrument as well - the encore, I Remember You, proved that.
The highlights were many despite, or more likely because, the tunes weren't of recent vintage - we had to make do with Johnny Mercer, Rodgers and Hart and co!
In the engine room, Edis - who'd played a lunchtime gig at Durham's Gala Theatre with the brass ace - did everything we've come to expect from this modest guy (Paul, if I had your talent, modesty would be long gone!) His solos, the blocked chord passage on How Little We Know was but one of many that ticked all the boxes for me.
Andy (the "and still undefeated") Champion retained his title in both the arco and the pizzicato divisions.
Which just leaves Adam Sinclair. Great with sticks and brushes but, give him a shot of Braziliana, and sticks and brushes are swept away to be replaced by the most effective hand drumming I've heard outside of the Rain Forrest . 
I have the feeling this could just be gig of the month...
Lance.

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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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