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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, April 07, 2017

GIJF Day 1: Laura Jurd’s Dinosaur & Daniel Herskedal Trio @ Sage Gateshead - March 31


Laura Jurd (trumpet & synth); Elliot Galvin (keyboards); Conor Chaplin (electric bass); Corrie Dick (drums). + Northern Sinfonia Strings.
(Review by Steve H/photos courtesy of Ken Drew).
Just in case you weren’t sure who was who, one group of players entered the stage suited and booted in black evening wear, whilst the other group of players entered in jeans, tee shirts and wooly hats. I have seen Dinosaur several times and always thoroughly enjoyed their exciting creativity and enthusiasm. Maybe they were intimidated by playing with such an auspicious lineup up, but on this occasion I thought the music although enjoyable was not as exhilarating as on previous occasions. Corrie Dick is normally a really powerful, forceful drummer but he seemed to be playing well within himself. In a previous review, I had said that a rendition of Happy Sad Song was one of the highlights of the year, but on Friday it was good, but nothing special in comparison with the quartet only version. Personally, I thought the best piece was played by the quartet with no strings attached.
I am sure that, as an experience, it will certainly help the band to grow to an even more elevated position in current British circles.
Daniel Herskedal (tuba, bass trumpet); Eyolf Dale (piano); Helge Andreas Norbakken (percussion) + Northern Sinfonia Strings/Woodwind/Brass
The Daniel Herskedal Trio dovetailed seamlessly with the Northern Sinfonia probably due to them being very experienced with this type of collaboration. The tuba is rarely seen in jazz circles and its uniqueness certainly added to the enjoyment. At times the music evoked Scandi Noire to such an extent that I was worried someone might have been murdered in the auditorium. However, it wasn’t all darkness as some light Arabic style rhythms kept things from getting too tense. The music didn’t appear to be very spontaneous or improvised but was, nevertheless, very atmospheric and most enjoyable.
Steve H.

1 comment :

  1. Just been listening to Dinosaur Together as One . Love It. Pam Y

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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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