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Bebop Spoken There

Artie Shaw: “I'm not interested in giving people what they want--I'm interested in making music.” – (DownBeat October 15, 1939).

Jason Marsalis: “There's so many places that this music can go and there's a lot yet to be discovered.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Wednesday March 21


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

Rod Sinclair & Tom Fletcher - The Vault, Hallgate, Hexham NE46 1XD. 2:00pm. £7.50.


Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8:00pm. £1.00

The Village Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm £3.00.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson Street, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Inclusion Principle @ The Bridge Hotel, Newcastle April 4

Martin Archer reeds, electronics: Hervé Perez reeds, electronics; Peter Fairclough (percussion)
(Review by Steve H/Photo courtesy of Ken Drew)
 The last time Martin Archer was in this room was almost a year and a half ago with the decatet. Engine Room Favourites who performed a wildly entertaining gig. So I was very excited about seeing his band The Inclusion Principle which incidentally is the name given to the mathematical theory that governs the interaction of groups or sets.
On entering the upstairs room I thought I’d arrived for work early as the stage was set up with 2 desks with laptops on. The only give away was that there was set of drums between them and I know my employers aren’t as enlightened as to provide such a wonderful distraction in the workplace. The night got off to a rather subdued start as the 2 programmers conjured up various electronic sounds from their hardware whilst Fairclough accompanied ever so gently. To be honest it sounded a bit like the soundtrack to a science fiction movie only without the pictures. However, this was only a precursor of what was to come as the trio took us on a memorable journey incorporating all genres of music from classical to techno. The electronics on offer allowed us to experience farmyard animals, thundery storms, birdsong, the sound of the jungle, crashing waves etc etc. Added to this were majestic ‘conventional solos’ on alto from Perez and on bass clarinet and soprano from Archer. Meanwhile, Fairclough gave us a masterclass in percussion as the tempos were continually changing. The intensity of the performance got stronger and the band became more and more animated as they appeared to be totally consumed by what they were creating. By the end of the night after what had seemed such an unpromising start I was completely bowled over by the experience and left the building both invigorated and stimulated from what I had seen and heard. All in all, another very fine day at the office.
Steve H

1 comment :

Ken Drew (on F//b) said...

"All in all, another very fine day at the office." Nice review 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.
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