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Bebop Spoken There

Bob Dawbarn (review of Joe Harriott's LP 'Free Form'): "Both horns scream and roar away, Keane at times doing a pretty fair imitation of an elephant angry with its keeper." - (Melody Maker, December 16, 1961).

Steve Race: "The non-musician critic knows how music ought to sound. But he cannot possibly know how it feels to create it. He is in the position of the marriage guidance counsellor who has never been married." – (Jazz News, June 6th 1962).

Archives.

Today Thursday July 27

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:oopm. Free.
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Tyne Valley Jazzmen - No 1 Champagne Bar, 1 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL4 7 NJ 12:30pm. Free.
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Evening.
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - The Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth NE3 3DB. 7pm. Cancelled for pub refurbishment. Back August 31.
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Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.
Jo Harrop & Paul Edis - The Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm
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Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside NE16 5EE, 8:30pm. Free.
Ray Johnson & Richard Herdman - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling St., Gateshead NE2 2BA. 8pm. Free.
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Paul Skerritt Band - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. 9pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland (tpt); Donna Hewitt (alto); Graham Thompson (keys); Mark Hawkins (drums) - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Free. 9pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra "Jazz & Tapas" - No 60, Arc, Dovecote St., Stockton TS18 1LL 7pm. £10.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.01642 678129.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, February 17, 2017

CD Review: Kurt Rosenwinkel - Caipi

(Review by Steve T).
According to my source, Rosenwinkel is, with McLaughlin and Metheny, the most important living Jazz guitarist.
Caipi has been ten years in the making and is the first release on his own label Heartcore Records. It features eleven originals and is his most radical musical progression, certainly since the jump from Enemies of Energy to the Next Step early in his career, and probably ever.
It's a highly personal work, featuring Rosenwinkel playing most of the instruments himself, though guests include Eric Clapton, Mark Turner, multi-instrumentalist Pedro Martins and Amanda (daughter of Elaine Elias and Randy Brecker).

There's basic fusion aplenty, the Metheny, Schofield, Frisell influence still much in evidence, but there's a marked assimilation of Brazilian music and particularly the Brazilian Love Song, including Portuguese lyrics sang beautifully by Amanda Brecker on Kama.
However, most of the vocals he handles himself in a frail, sensitive voice reminiscent of Gerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead, mainstay of the San Fransisco hippy scene who survived it for almost forty years, in part due to a strong Jazz influence. Like Garcia, he gets away with it because it gives it a very personal feel, the exception being Hold On where he sounds like a not very good singer in a not very good Britpop.
There's excellent contributions from Mark Turner playing sax on two tracks: Ezra and Casio Escheron, providing continuity from his previous recordings.     
As the prog, rock, pop, psychedelic influences escalate, the Jazz content inevitably reduces but his fluid, inventive guitar playing ensure it's still accessible to the Jazz fan, particularly fusionistas and especially guitar fans, of any persuasion, who'll no doubt buy it in droves.
It's been available since last Friday, February 10.
Steve T.

Kurt Rosenwinkel (guitars, bass guitar, piano, drums, percussion, synth, casio, voice); Pedro Martins (voice, drums keyboards, percussion);  Eric Clapton (guitar); Alex Kosmidi (baritone guitar); Mark Turner (tenor sax); Kyra Garey, Antonio Loureira, Zola Mennenoh, Amanda Brecker (voice); Frederika Krier (violin); Chris Komer (French horn); Andi Haberl (drums).

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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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