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Bebop Spoken There

Chick Corea: "Things feel good when there's a lot of music happening." - (DownBeat August 2005 (unpublished. Published posthumously April 2021 ).

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13,107 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 526 of them this year alone and, so far, 81 this month (April 16).

Bar Manager Required

The Jazz Co-op are looking for an experienced bar manager who can be available to start when The Globe reopens in May.

Preference will be given to a suitably qualified person who lives relatively near to The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD.

Interested parties please follow this link.

Coming soon ...

April 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen are back at The Holystone.

May 20 Maine Street Jazzmen are back at Sunniside Social Club.
May 23: Vieux Carré Hot Four are back at The Spanish City.

June 2: Vieux Carré Jazzmen are back at Cullercoats Crescent Club.
June 7: Jazz in the Afternoon are back at Cullercoats Crescent Club.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Kansas Smitty's live stream - Moonlight in Vermont - Nov. 11

Alec Harper (tenor sax); Will Arnold-Forster (guitar); Will Cleasby (drums); Will Sach (bass).

Facebook and I are uneasy bedfellows, live streams rarely run smoothly for me even when they are working fine for others. I don't know the answers, suggestions on a 20 dollar bill please.

Tonight - a tribute to the Johnny Smith/Stan Getz collaboration from the early 1950s - was quite bizarre. When the picture froze the music was fine, even superb, however, when the picture unfroze the music froze for a beat every four bars so it was as if they were suddenly slotting in a bar of 5/4!

Nevertheless, it was an enjoyable session bringing back memories of hearing the original Smith/Getz version of Moonlight in Vermont on a Vogue 78 (which I still have). Melody Maker actually printed a transcription at the time.

I'm not going to say they outshone the originals, who could? but they did have a good crack at it, wisely choosing to plough their own furrow whilst retaining the spirit of the original.

Cleasby was heavily featured which, although sometimes at a variance with the ultra cool setting, made us realise he was a force to be reckoned with. Arnold-Forster spoke authoritatively about Johnny Smith and proved adept at using Smith's unique voicings. Harper came close to the Getz sound at times as well as moving forward to a more contemporary vein as indeed Getz himself did in his later years. Sach was dependable and occupied the Eddie Safranski role to perfection - his solos totally sympathetic to the music.

So, another fine session from Smitty's, Facebook not withstanding!

They're back again tomorrow with another line-up - is it Giuffre or is that Friday?

Lance.

Where or When; Jaguar; Moonlight in Vermont; Cherokee; I'll be Around; Nice Work if You Can Get it. 

I didn't catch the title of the opener but I suspect it may have been Tabu. The penultimate track doesn't seem to be on the album. Was it Coltrane's Village Blues?

2 comments :

Russell said...

Tomorrow (Thursday) is a Django session (watch out for the amazing Kourosh Kanani). The Giuffre 3 gig is on Saturday.

Russell said...

The penultimate number (the one Alec Harper sat out) was Vilia.

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