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Mark Walker: "A drummer in a big band is always happy. It's like driving a big bus." - (Downbeat, August 2019)

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Daily: July 6 - October 27

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden - Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA. Tel: 0191 478 1810. Screenings at intervals during the day. part of Akomfrah's exhibition Ballasts of Memory. Exhibition (daily) July 6 - October 27. 10:00am-6:00pm. Free.

Today Wednesday July 24

Afternoon

Jazz

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden. See above.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.00.

Blues/Folk

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, 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, August 31, 2018

Gerry R & the E-Types play Booker T & the MGs @ Hoochie Coochie - August 30

Gerry Richardson (organ/vocals); Garry Linsley (alto); Rod Sinclair (guitar); Adam Sinclair (drums).
(Review by Lance).
Back in the day (late '60s/early '70s) when Booker T and the MGs were the Stax house band as well as driving around the charts in their own name I'd have balked at describing their music as jazz. Soul/funk? yes, but jazz? no way! How times have changed and, upon reflection, a lot of that music was jazzier than some of the stuff being labelled as jazz today!
Certainly, last night's gig by Gerry R and the E-Types could be classified in any of the above genres but, at the end of the day as the Duke of Ellingtonia famously said, "only 2 types of music - good and bad'. This performance was, without doubt, in the former category.
Not an out and out lipservice tribute including, as it did, some of Gerry's own compositions such as the always crowd-pleasing African Sunset with its stunning drum solo, but the Memphis groove was never far away.
In the absence of bassist Neil Harland, gigging somewhere in Europe, Garry Linsley stood in on alto and near-stripped the paint from the ceiling with solo after solo whilst Gerry himself indicated that there can be few more soulful organists around today. He was on form, the forehand smashes, the walking basslines on a par with any of the greats and, of course, the occasional vocal - the icing on the cake.
In the previous post, Russell commented in glowing terms of the number of guitar heroes heard over the past week. Well, Rod Sinclair is another one for that ever increasing list. The Telecaster was on fire, may it never be extinguished. And while Uncle Rod was burning, young Adam was fanning the flames.
By the time we got to Soul Limbo the beat was too much for one of the BSH team who took to the floor, soon to be surrounded by other hip-shaking terpsichoreans. This is the way it used to be and, I'm pleased to note, still is given the right conditions and the right music.
Last night we had both.
Photos.
Lance. 
Knock on Wood; Soul Shadows; Red Beans & Rice; Every Thing I Do Is Gonna Be Funky (backing vocals by The Sinclairs); African Sunset; Memphis Underground; Groovy Baby; Money's Getting Cheaper; Cissy Strut; Amazing Grace (tribute to Aretha); Walkin' the Dog; Billie Holiday & John Coltrane; Soul Limbo; Green Onions etc.

1 comment :

Russell said...

A groovy gig, as Gerry might say!

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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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Whilst we appreciate the many emails, texts, messages and other communications we receive requesting album/gig reviews on BSH, regrettably, we are unable to reply to all of them other than those we are able to answer with a positive response.
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Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance