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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

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: . A Jazz Co-op-Jazz North East co-promotion.

Tue 29: Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Lubetkin Theatre, East Durham College, Peterlee (1:00pm). Tickets £6.00. + bf from: www.ticketsource.co.uk

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Paul Edis Trio @ Gosforth Civic Theatre - Oct. 17

Paul Edis (piano); Andy Champion (double bass); Russ Morgan (drums)

(Photos courtesy of Jerry E)

A full house, an album launch, the return of the Paul Edis Trio. Each element is something to shout about, but to achieve these things in the midst of a pandemic is a major achievement. Gosforth Civic Theatre's Covid-secure premises is another example of how things can - and should - be done. As the house lights dimmed it struck your reviewer that it had been something like nine months, perhaps more, since we had heard pianist Paul Edis for real, in person, performing in front of a real, live audience. 

Snakes and Ladders is Edis' latest album. All original material, recorded at Blank Studios in Newcastle and available now as a dowload. Here at GCT we were listening to Edis, bassist Andy Champion and drummer Russ Morgan bringing to life the digital world in which most of us have lived for seven months and counting. Whiskers, the opening cut on the download, rightly opened this one-set concert. No matter how good the digital, virtual version is, the in concert, in person experience is what it's all about! The Tyneside jazz audience had heard Edis' trio play Whiskers at various venues across the region and here in Gosforth it took a moment for it to sink in - we were once again listening to the real thing! 

This evening's concert performance would follow the download track order.  It Ain't Broke, the title track Snakes and LaddersOf Mice and Men, the sanctifying, the brilliant bass solo, this was Edis and co on top form. The Long Way Round (for those familiar with the Tyne and Wear Metro system that's the journey to the coast via South Gosforth) took the form of a bossa train ride, Lucky Eleven the ballad form, Madeira inspired by a hair-raising bus journey in mountainous terrain and to close, yet more brilliance from the trio in a riveting, bop-infused Lies

Band leader Edis had a couple of spares just in case the audience wanted more. First, All the Things You Are, and to send us on our pre-ten o'clock curfew way, an old one, was it titled - don't laugh! - something like UXB or Unexploded Xenopoulos Bedstead? Whatever the title, it was great stuff. As album launches go, and considering the testing circumstances of the 'new normal', Snakes and Ladders couldn't have gone better.
Russell               

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