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Bebop Spoken There

Raymond Chandler: “ I was walking the floor and listening to Khatchaturian working in a tractor factory. He called it a violin concerto. I called it a loose fan belt and the hell with it ". The Long Goodbye, Penguin 1959.

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Postage

16350 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 230 of them this year alone and, so far, 27 this month (April 11).

From This Moment On ...

April

Tue 16: The Horne Section’s Hit Show @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 7:30pm.
Tue 16: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Bradley Johnston, Paul Grainger, Bailey Rudd.

Wed 17: Bailey Rudd (Minor Recital) @ The Music Studios, Haymarket Lane, Newcastle University. 11:40am. Bailey Rudd (drums). Open to the public.
Wed 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 17: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 17: The Horne Section’s Hit Show @ The Gala, Durham. 7:30pm. SOLD OUT!
Wed 17: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 18: NONUNONU @ Elder Beer Café, Chillingham Road, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Thu 18: Knats @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm (doors 7:30pm). £8.00. + bf. Support act TBC.
Thu 18: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Ragtime piano.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guest band night with Just Friends: Ian Bosworth (guitar); Donna Hewitt (sax); Dave Archbold (keys); Ron Smith (bass); Mark Hawkins (drums).

Fri 19: Cia Tomasso @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. ‘Cia Tomasso sings Billie Holiday’. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Tweed River Jazz Band @ The Radio Rooms, Berwick. 7:00pm (doors). £5.00.
Fri 19: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Fri 19: Levitation Orchestra + Nauta @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £11.00.
Fri 19: Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 8:00pm. ‘Ella & Ellington’.

Sat 20: Record Store Day…at a store near you!
Sat 20: Bright Street Band @ Washington Arts Centre. 6:30pm. Swing dance taster session (6:30pm) followed by Bright Street Big Band (7:30pm). £12.00.
Sat 20: Michael Woods @ Victoria Tunnel, Ouseburn, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Acoustic blues.
Sat 20: Rendezvous Jazz @ St Andrew’s Church, Monkseaton. 7:30pm. £10.00. (inc. a drink on arrival).

Sun 21: Jamie Toms Quartet @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm.
Sun 21: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 21: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man @ Holy Grale, Durham. 5:00pm.
Sun 21: The Jazz Defenders @ Cluny 2. Doors 6:00pm. £15.00.
Sun 21: Edgar Rubenis @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Blues & ragtime guitar.
Sun 21: Tweed River Jazz Band @ Barrels Ale House, Berwick. 7:00pm. Free.
Sun 21: Art Themen with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00. +bf. JNE. SOLD OUT!

Mon 22: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Snarky Puppy/House of Waters @ Sage Gateshead, May 3

Chris Bullock, Bob Reynolds  (tenor); Mike “Maz” Maher (trumpet/flugel); Justin Stanton (trumpet/ keyboards); Bill Laurance (keyboards); Chris McQueen (guitar); Michael League (bass); Larnell Lewis (drums); Marcelo Woloski (percussion).
(Review by Hugh C/collage by Lance & Steve T).
The Brooklyn-based collective returned to Gateshead three years after their knockout performance in Sage 2.  The last time they were here, bassist Michael League told us, they had looked admiringly into Sage 1, little knowing that they would be back with a near capacity crowd on levels 1 and 2.
Snarky Puppy's considerable retinue of equipment was already on the stage at the start of the concert.  House of Waters' gear flowed away during the interval.  The stage was set, the house was full and this time the band entered to enthusiastic applause and vocal encouragement.  They proceeded to play a more or less continuous ninety minutes of high octane music, the majority from their latest album, Culcha Vulcha.
I attended this event on the recommendation of a friend, and was not disappointed.  Their product is best described (I think) as jazz-funk-rock.  Synthesisers feature quite a lot imparting an almost prog rock-like atmosphere at times.  Sage One had opened part of the floor at the front as a mosh pit for those who preferred to stand.  Individual solos were delivered all round, including a splendid sparring match between percussion and drums near the end.
The band were admirably supported by newly signed GroundUP artists, House of Waters.  Michael League (entering the house to unexpected silence) introduced the newcomers and their novel format of hammer dulcimer (Max ZT), six string electric bass (Moto Fukushima) and drums (Luke Notary).  The trio played the first 30 minute set before the interval.  They featured both previous material and tracks from their latest, eponymous, album. 
I was not expecting to write a review, and therefore took no notes.  Luckily, Snarky Puppy have brought their recording engineer with them and are releasing downloads of each of their UK dates on the following day.  Glasgow's was not of sufficient quality to release, but Gateshead and Manchester are both available in MP3 or FLAC format.  This epitomises the progressive attitude of Snarky Puppy and their label, GroundUP.  Their promotion and support of up and coming bands is exemplary.  In the fevered post-Brexit referendum, pre-election political atmosphere I am glad to say that no conventional politics entered the hall.  However, just before the encore there was some political oratory from Michael League – the audience were reminded that musicians receive very little from streaming sites (the main beneficiaries being the owners of the sites themselves and the large record companies releasing their back catalogues) if we want music to survive and thrive then buy the product (physical or digital) from the musicians themselves and tickets for live performances, right?
Sage Gateshead performance available here.
Set list:
1.      Binky
2.      Semente
3.      Whitecap
4.      Beep Box
5.      Tarova
6.      Palermo
7.      Young Stuff
8.      Big Ugly
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9.      Shofukan
From Michael League:
 Our first time in Gateshead/Newcastle in 3 years, finally playing the big room at the famous Sage. Standing audience down front, seating behind and on the sides. Michael eases Binky in. Bullock and Maz play on it. The band really takes its time on the gradually waning outro section. Things get weird. Semente gets a solo from Bill on Rhodes. Bob Reynolds plays on Whitecap. Beep Box is extra spacious on the outro with Justin and McQueen laying out for a bit under Maz’s solo. Tarova is slow and funky. Bill takes a Moog solo. Palermo is a highlight. Bullock takes the solo and Marcelo plays around the crowd’s clapping on the outro. Bob takes the first solo in Young Stuff and Justin takes a rare Moog solo on the vamp. Big Ugly gets two solos from McQueen after Maz takes the vamp. Justin plays on Shofukan, then Larnell and Marcelo duel it out to close out the evening. A beautiful sounding room with a lively crowd.
Hugh C

1 comment :

Steve T said...

Thanks for that Hugh, I was planning to do it but got bogged down in Cheltenham.
I too was recommended it but was surprised by how rockstar it was. I recall the last time I saw the Unthanks and figured the dry ice and lightshow would mark the end for the folkies and this could be the same for the Jazzers, though lots of Jamboneers and Early Birds there. Personally, coming from a rock background, at least from 71 to early 74 I like a good light show.
While I enjoyed it, I didn't love it; it was very Jazz, funk, rock without being either Jazz funk or Jazz rock and certainly not smooth. It's probably more prog rock than anything else and the percussion duel reminded me (and a couple more old Genesis nuts) of the old Phil Collins and Bill Bruford or Collins and Chester Thompson partnerships.
I took a few photos really to illustrate the lightshow but each time it seemed to explode in light. However I'll send them to Lance and he can decided if he wants to do anything with them.

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