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Jeremy Pelt: "It [Birth of the Cool sessions] was bebop in sheep's clothing." - (DownBeat, December 2019).

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Today Wednesday November 13

Afternoon

Jazz

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 12:15pm. Stanley Nelson's 2019 documentary film.

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

Evening

Jazz

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

Swing Street - Pier Red, Castlegate, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1LF. Tel: 01289 309168. 8:00pm. Free.

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

Blues/Folk

George Shovlin & the Radars, Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DE. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 8:00pm. Free.

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.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

CD Review: In Common: Walter Smith lll & Matthew Stevens

Walter Smith lll (tenor); Matthew Stevens (guitar); Joel Ross (vibes); Harish Raghavan (bass); Marcus Gilmore (drums)
(Review by Lance).
Another Whirlwind winner. Subtle, cool and laid back, this bucks the trend for the frenetic, atonal (to be polite about it) offerings that sometimes land on the doormat. Walter Smith is one of the more restrained of the current crop of contemporary tenor players. His dry, yet not unemotional sound, brings to mind Warne Marsh. Gentle explorations executed without bravura but with no lack of technique.
In Matthew Stevens, Smith has the perfect running mate - it's no accident that they adopted the moniker In Common such is the empathy displayed
Simplicity is the foundation on which their complex improvisations are built. Less is more may well be the motto but that goes out of the window when they are in full flight. On vibes, Ross proves himself to be no mean soloist either slotting in effortlessly with the two 'guvners' and filling in the spaces that may otherwise have been occupied by a piano. Bass and drums contribute equally making this a totally level playing field.
With the exception of the late Geri Allen's Unconditional Love - performed in a manner that equates with the title - the material is all original although not credited to either individual so maybe they were joint efforts.
Lance
Available October 19 on Whirlwind WR4728. 

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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.
Similarly, CDs received by post will only be considered if accompanied by sufficient background material.
Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance