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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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Monday, November 30, 2015

CD Review: Thomas Maintz/Aaron Parks - Duets in June

Thomas Maintz (guitar/soundbox); Aaron Parks (piano/melodica).
(Review by Lance).
A duo disc drifts in from Denmark. Deliberative, delving, neither duelling nor dynamic and yet, delightfully delicious. To quote Cole Porter - D'lovely!
Not that Porter or any other songwriters are represented here. All ten compositions are by Maintz with Parks sharing the honours on one of them.
The two musicians work well together, their lines entwining like a pair of glow worms in heat, their solos angular and logical.
No virtuoso displays, just meaningful improvisations that the notes claim "Challenges and explores the duo format" and I think they do this successfully without turning away the more conventional listener. 
In Six String Levitation, Maiintz plays an acoustic baritone guitar whilst Parks plays piano and Melodica simultaneously.
Crystals features a loop of sound effects played on a home made soundbox that, frankly, I can live without.
However, overall, it's an album that will send you to sleep without risk of a nightmare and may even induce pleasant dreams - track 3 (Nude in Red Armchair).
The booklet consists of comic sketches by graphic designer Cecilie Q.
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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