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Ethan Iverson: "Mickey Roker played drums in church, and his beat on [Mary Lou] Williams' "Ode to St. Cecile" might make even a diehard atheist a believer" - (JazzTimes Sept. 2019).

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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 Monday October 14

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

Richard Bona & Alfredo Rodriguez - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 8:00pm. £24.50.

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

David Lyttle Trio @ The Globe Jazz Bar - Oct. 13

Steve Hamilton (piano); Michael Janisch (bass); David Lyttle (drums).
(Review by Lance).
This 3-way promotion (see previous post) was an undoubted success in terms of both audience numbers and artistic endeavour.
The crowded room applauded vociferously at the end of each original number (although less so after solos which isn't necessarily a bad thing) and deservedly so.
Janisch, we've heard in many settings over the years. The American bassist and London resident has long been a major player on the UK scene both live and on discs issued by his own Whirlwind label.
Hamilton I knew of but had yet to hear - I wasn't disappointed. His angular solos, drawing on both contemporary and traditional piano sources, kept my attention throughout.

Leader Lyttle was a demon, a man possessed, a loose-limbed leprechaun hitting every part of the kit with sticks, brushes and bare hands. If there had been an old-style radiator in the room (thank God there wasn't it was hot enough!) I swear he'd have played a vibes solo on it. When the next round of voting comes all the other drummers will be vying for second place. Composers too. All but the final numbers - Alone Together and the encore, Someday My Prince Will Come, -  were originals by Lyttle and they were originals, not just re-workings of I Got Rhythm but sound compositions that stood up well.
Great titles too: Perpetual Scenario; After the Flood (impressive hand-drumming); Lullaby of the Lost (piano feature); My Name is Charles (inspired by a visit to China); Summer Never Lasts (some amazing bass playing, breathtaking interplay and moments of sheer mayhem). There was another piece, a ballad, something about the ageing process (I didn't catch the title) but it was rather beautiful. Indeed, the whole evening was rather special and I doubt if anyone didn't leave on a high.
Lance.

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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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Lance