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Bebop Spoken There

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'606' Club: "A toast to Lance Liddle of the terrific jazz blog 'Bebop Spoken Here'"

The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.

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13,381 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 799 of them this year alone and, so far, 73 this month (June 20).

From This Moment On

JUNE

Wed 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). POSTPONED!

Thu 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside 1:00pm).

Thu 24: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead (8:30pm).

Fri 25: Hot Club du Nord @ St Mary's Parish Hall, Barnard Castle. 7:00pm. Tickets: £15.00. + bf. A Barnard Castle Rotary Club event. POSTPONED!

Fri 25: Archipelago + Faith Brackenbury @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle (8:00pm). £10.00. & £8.00. Echoes to the Sky album launch. A GCT Jazz Club-Jazz North East co-promotion.

Fri 25 Alter Ego @ Traveller's Rest, Cockerton, Darlington (8:00pm). POSTPONED!

Sat 26: Tyne Valley Big Band @ The Sele, Hexham (3:45pm).

Sun 27: Vieux Carré Hot Four @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay (12 noon).

Sun 27: Noel Dennis Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle (8:00pm). £10.00. Advance booking essential: www.jazzcoop. A Jazz Co-op-Jazz North East co-promotion.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Animal Society @ The Bridge Hotel, Newcastle - March 8

Joe Williamson (guitar); Alan Benzie, Craig McMahon (keys); Gus Stirrat (bass); Graham Costello (drums).
(Review by Thomas Dixon/ Photos courtesy of Ken Drew – a JNE promotion).

Firstly, I’d like to say I can’t stand the typical ‘politely distorted’ fusion guitar tone, but bandleader Joe Williamson’s guitar had plenty of grit to it. Actually, there was nothing polite about the performance at all, just the way I like it!


No doubt due to the mix of genres influencing this group, they have a very modern sound, and although they are still improvising and navigating through chord changes, the aesthetic is completely different to most bands you’ll find on a Jazz club’s programme. Often just when I thought I was locked in with the pattern of the rhythm section, there’d be some ‘Djent’ style fills which would disrupt the tune and help shape the solo sections in unpredictable ways. There was a definite ‘Math Rock’ vibe - lots of shifting time signatures, heavy riffs and filthy half-time breakdowns which, as a reformed metal head myself, I absolutely loved.

Williamson promised us ‘wonderful and unique sounds’ from Craig McMahon, and he definitely delivered. The addition of a second keyboard player fills out the sound of the group and glues it together with a polish that most bands can only achieve by double tracking in studio recordings or by using backing tracks on live performances.

There was a great energy in the room throughout the night, plenty of back and forth between the band and audience, and the last tune of the first set Hieroglyph featured a drum solo from Graham Costello that had the crowd all shouting and cheering, something of a rarity from ‘Jazz’ gigs these days.
Thomas Dixon
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