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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 Sunday August 20

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free. Summer Break. Back Sept. 3
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Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.
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Evening
Chris Martin - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Paul Edis Trio - Black Bull, Bridge St. Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8pm. £5.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Let Spin @ Jazz Café - Oct. 27

Chris Williams (alto sax); Moss Freed (guitar); Ruth Goller (bass); Finlay Panter (drums).
(Review by Steve H/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew).
Having returned recently from New Orleans, the jazz capital of the world, it was refreshing to see a contemporary modern jazz band playing in the jazz capital of the UK. Don’t get me wrong the music in New Orleans is magnificent with musicians playing on every corner 24/7. The main music sidewalk Frenchman Street has dozens of bars with live music all seeming to feature several bands a night. However, the music tends to be of the ‘tourist variety’- entertaining but nothing to write home about.
A good sized crowd gathered at the Jazz Cafe on Tuesday to listen to Let Spin for what proved to be a triumphant return to Tyneside having performed so successfully at their gig last year at The Bridge. All four band members have had successful careers with other bands:-  Chris Williams is a founder member of Led Bib, Moss Freed has his own outfit Moss Project, Ruth Goller is a member of Acoustic Ladyland, and Finlay Panter hails from the Beats & Pieces Big Band.
This band, though, appears to bear testament to the old adage of the sum being greater than its parts. All members share the writing credits, indeed each member has 2 compositions on their new album LET GO. The band seem to thoroughly revel in their collectivity with one another, with no single member hogging the limelight. Apart from Goller’s eclectic slightly minimalist piece All Animals are Beautiful, the tunes all seem to follow the same path. Starting off with a bit of drum and bass groove and just as one is getting comfortable they suddenly explode into a technicoloured whirlpool of exhilarating driving heavy rocking jazz which lifts the listener to a different stratosphere. It is hard and maybe a little unfair to single any one number out but the second set rendition of Up and at Em was truly outstanding with Finlay Panter on drums really giving it his all. At the end of the gig I’m sure I heard cheers of appreciation from the audience. All they need to do now maybe is add a couple of ballads to their repertoire to become the perfect band.
Steve.

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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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