Total Pageviews

Bebop Spoken There

Paul Edis: "One of the regulars at The Gala today called me a 'turncoat' and another a 'deserter' - that's a very northern way of displaying affection in response to the news that I'm leaving the area. 'They're vicious down there mind you'. " - (Twitter January24, 2020)

Archive

The Things They Say!

Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

Today Saturday January 25

Afternoon

Jazz

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hammer & Pincers, Preston Lane, Preston-le-Skerne, Newton Aycliffe DL5 6JH. Tel: 01325 314873. 1:00pm. £2.00.

Evening

Shirt Tail Stompers - Durham Town Hall, Durham DH1 3NJ. 7:30-11:15pm. £25.00. (£20.00. adv.). DJam 2020: Lindy Hop Festival ‘Masquerade Ball’. Line-up inc. Michael McQuaid (reeds), Nick Ball (drums). A Lindy Jazz event.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Broken Levee + John Carroll - Saltburn Cricket Club, Marske Mill Lane, Saltburn TS12 1HJ. 7:30pm (doors). £10.00. Info & tickets: 07960 935263. Saltburn Blues Club.

Ojay - Outstanding Art, North Road, Durham DH1 4SQ. Tel: 0191 649 0553. 8:00pm. Free. Electric bassist Ojay.

Raggy Ass Boys - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Tower of Power @ Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Town Hall - May 6.

(Review by Steve T)
I've said it before and hopefully, I'll say it a few more times, there's nothing quite like a classic funk band live. I've been lucky and I've seen many of them, including many of the greats, but there's a couple from the frontline I'm probably never going to see.
If I'm honest, Tower of Power are third-rate, which puts them round about the Average White Band and the Blackbyrds, which is still pretty awesome, and puts them ahead of most everything else, at least live.
They're best known for having one of the most awesome horn sections in funk; most of the bands had three or four players, they've always had five.
Like the first full-on funk band, Sly and the Family Stone, they're from California - Oakland to be specific - and this has been reflected in their multi-cultural membership throughout their fifty years.
There are at least two original members and possibly four. I've tried to identify the nominal leader, saxophonist and occasional singer and think it's most likely Emilio Castillo, with Steve Kupka on baritone, known as the funky doctor, the only other certain original.
As well as the horns, they're famous for launching Lenny Williams solo career, their singer during funk's heyday in the early/mid-seventies. Castillo introduced their new singer Marcus Scott as one of the best they've ever had and he looks and sounds just like Williams.
The polite sit-down venue of Christian McBride just a few hours earlier had been transformed into a raucous all-standing, all-dancing veritable nightclub, chocker to the rafters.
The band was hot from the off, the horn players dancing like vocal harmony groups, loads of real Hammond and rock guitar. All their funky hits, with some new ones and they haven't missed a beat in forty years. Scott was wooing the ladies on the slow ones and showed his moves to I'll still be Diggin' on James Brown, turning into I got the Feeling and back.
What is Hip? predictably provided the finale, turning into Soul Power, the chant turning into 'tower of power' and then back to What is Hip?
A remarkable end to a remarkable day.   
Steve T.

No comments :