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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.

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Soundbone @ The Jazz Café. April 1

Chris Grieve (trombone & electronics), Graeme Stephen (guitar & loops) & David Carnegie (drums)
(Review by Russell/photo courtesy of Mike Tilley)
A fleet of trucks, three executive tour buses and a road crew working around the clock to ensure the show would start on time. The band arrived by executive helicopter, a limo on the tarmac to whisk them to the venue. Fans queued around the block, stage door security tight, this promised to be some gig.
And so it was…autumn 1972, Newcastle City Hall, Led Zeppelin. Black Dog, Dazed and Confused, Whole Lotta Love. Fast forward to spring 2016, Zeppelin were in town again at the Jazz Café. This time the boys arrived by car, carried their gear upstairs, soundchecked then went for a pint. Grieve, Stephen and Carnegie are Soundbone.  Soundbone plays Led Zep is the gig. Three jazz musicians playing heavy rock, an unlikely prospect, potentially a horror show. No fear of that. Black Dog, the first tune of the night and, perhaps, the best of the night. Grieve, Stephen and Carnegie are top flight players and this ‘project’ is a fun occasion revisiting the back catalogue of the behemoth that was Led Zeppelin. Zillions of watts condensed; processed via a twenty-first century box of tricks on the floor, the music of Soundbone is a rearrangement of familiar riffs. Drummer David Carnegie, once of this parish, did John Bonham proud on a monstrous Moby Dick. DC arranged Misty Mountain Hop and the trio closed the first set with a sprawling Communication Breakdown.
The trombone, electronics and vocals of unlikely front man Chris Grieve provided a jazz and rock audience – the Led Zep tag an attraction for some – a focal point. Solos, such as they were, traded with the undemonstrative Graeme Stephen. The seated guitarist played another blinder. Seen and heard in various combos – NeWt, Breach and Celtic outfits – a more self-effacing musician you couldn’t wish to meet. This Soundbone gig found him in tremendous form; improviser, rhythm meister, rocking out. Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, the West Coast hippie trailblazer Going to California, the audience knew them all. Chris Grieve detached his clip mic to vocally devour Living Loving Maid (She’s Just a Woman) to end a marvellous evening. The missing Zeppelin fans would have got this – heavy rock reworked (Zeppelin were a blues band in essence), the tunes largely intact, so, what’s not to like? The Soundbone boys are busy people. Their Led Zeppelin set is an oh so rare gig, so, the next time they’re in town, be there.           
Russell.

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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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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.)
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