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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.

Friday, July 01, 2016

CD Review: Corey Kendrick Trio - Rootless

Corey Kendrick (pno); Joe Vasquez (bs); Nick Bracewell (dms).
(Review by Lance).
The CDs continue to pour through the mailbox - I know I could opt for downloads but downloads get overlooked and forgotten, unlike a CD where, as in this case, you have the artist staring at you from the artwork, daring you to comment. "Give it less than 5 stars, Bud, and you are 6 foot under!"
No such tactics needed with this one.
A piano trio playing originals interspersed with a couple of standards does it for me. Kendrick, an Iowa native now living in Detroit, has the jazz touch common to all of the great jazz pianists. The ability to take a tune on a trip to Mars whilst holding the attention of those still Earthbound. 5 stars? of course. It's sublime, a disc I'll never tire of listening to until...'s the rub. There are so many trios that are also doing this equally well - not better, not worse, but at the same level. I can think of a few trios in Newcastle, in London, in probably every major city in the jazz world who can compete at this level which raises the question, "Which one do I put my dosh on?" 
All of them! 
However, if you can only splash the cash out for one, listen to Alone in Michigan* - it may just sway you. it did me!
* Currently blocked on YouTibe.

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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: I look forward to hearing from you.