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Bill Reglein (JJ Babbitt m/pieces): "We made this mouthpiece for Eddie Harris. He played tenor sax and trumpet. He played in some pretty rough bars. The story goes that he was afraid he'd get in a fight and get his teeth knocked out. He figured that if even that happened he could still play tenor. So, the request came in, 'Can I get a reed mouthpiece for my trumpet?' the company made exactly one." - (DownBeat October 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 Sunday September 22

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon.

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1:00pm. Free.

Sunday Jazz in the Crypt - Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ. Tel: 01642 729729. 2:00-6:00pm. £12.00. + bf. Line-up: Noel Dennis Trio + Emma Johnson’s Gravy Boat + Anthony Strong.

More Jam - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3:00pm. Free.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 4:00pm. Free.

Somethin' Blue Trio - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. Tel: 01325 468411. 5:00-7:00pm. Free.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Memphis Cruisers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Alexys de Alfaro - Revoluçion de Cuba, Cloth Market, Newcastle NE1 1EE. Tel: 0191 917 7076. 6:00pm. Free.

Paper Moon Trio - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.

Fabled - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Tel: 0191 232 6400. 8:00pm. £8.00. & £6.00. JNE.

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

Thursday, May 23, 2019

CD Review: Count Basie - Swinging the Blues

(Review by Lance)

Reviewing this gem is like Friday afternoon at the office -  'dress down day' - wear what you like, late back from lunch, finish early, snog the new girl... Ah, the memories!

Yes, the memories, several of the tracks on this release/reissue from Dreyfus Jazz were also on the first ever Basie LP I bought (and which I still proudly possess) - Jive At Five; Blue and Sentimental; One O'Clock Jump; Swinging the Blues and, as if that weren't enough, several of the other tracks were on the second Basie album I bought which, inexplicably, I either sold or exchanged - Jumping at the Woodside; Louisiana; Fiesta in Blue; Tickle Toe - welcome home!

No need to go into detail, nor to list the personnel (for those who need to know, follow the link). If you know Basie - you know all this! Herschel Evans' tenor on Blue and Sentimental, Lester's clarinet on the same number as well as his solo on Tickle Toe. Buck Clayton's feature - Fiesta in Blue. Harry Edison, as exciting as any trumpet player back then, his fire contrasting with Buck's more controlled playing.

The equally exciting trombone solos by Dickie Wells and Vic Dickenson and of course Basie's piano and the 'All-American' rhythm section completed by Freddie Greene, Walter Page and Jo Jones. Much has been made of Ellington's 1940's 'Famous Orchestra' but, whilst they may have been harmonically stronger thanks to Duke and Strayhorn, Basie's soloists were more adventurous whilst Ellington, even with Blanton on bass, could never outswing Basie's boys.

I saw the modern Basie band many times in Newcastle although I was never at any of the, now legendary, sessions where they sat in at a local jazz club. If everyone who said they were there is telling the truth it must have a mega-sized club! But, nevertheless, I'd have swapped all of those concerts to hear the original band live in Kansas City - if I'd only been born back then!

Probably none of my readers were around then either so this is the perfect opportunity to make up for it without the risk of getting taken out by a Saturday Night Special!
Stars? How about a galaxy?
Lance.
Jumping at the Woodside; Louisiana; Fiesta in Blue; Tickle Toe; Jive At Five; Blue and Sentimental; One O'Clock Jump; Swinging the Blues; Katy; Broadway; It's Sand Man; 9:20 Special; South; Doggin' Around; Sent For You Yesterday; Avenue C; Harvard Blues; Every Tub; Rambo; The King.

1 comment :

Patti said...

I've ordered this - who could resist! But from Amazon UK, not from Amazon Francais, which the link takes us to! Probably don't mean a thing, in the current situation ......

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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.
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