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Bebop Spoken There

Artie Shaw: “I'm not interested in giving people what they want--I'm interested in making music.” – (DownBeat October 15, 1939).

Jason Marsalis: “There's so many places that this music can go and there's a lot yet to be discovered.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Sunday March 18


Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 12 noon. Free.

Jason Isaacs & the Ambassadors of Swing - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 5:30pm (doors 4:00pm). £16.00.

Revolutionaires - Tyne Bar, Maling St, Newcastle NE6 1LP. 3pm. Free.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).


POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER! Zoë Gilby Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8:00pm. £5.00. Rescheduled August 19.

Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.

Bradley Johnston - The Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 6:00pm. Free. New weekly residency.

Gypsy Dave Smith - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Simon Woolf Sextet @ Pizza Express, Dean St., London.

Simon Woolf (bs); Gareth Lockrane (flutes/picc); Henry Armburg-Jennings (tpt/flug); Mark Crooks (clt/bs clt); Colin Oxley (gtr); Matt Home (dms).
(Review by Lance.)
Two visits to Pizza in three days - I'll be looking like a Pepperoni soon! But, with the collapse of the gig at Ronnie's (from my point of view) it worked out fine.
Simon Woolf has opted for a line-up from which you expect nothing less than perfect and that's what we got. Arrangements by Simon ensured a tightly knit front-line that was, at times, reminiscent of '50s west coast jazz whilst at others it brought to mind earlier groups such as the Johnny Kirby Sextet or some of Raymond Scott's pieces - albeit scored in a contemporary manner.
Gareth Lockrane is the nonpareil on flutes of whatever size he chooses and Woolf, as I've commented before produces some wonderful arco lines. Oxley has long been at the forefront of post-Christian guitarists and Matt Home is probably the best all-round percussionist on the current scene. Mark Crooks had some nice moments on clarinet (he also blew bass clarinet) whilst Henry Hyphon is surely the next Fats or Clifford about to burst from the pack.
Pizza was well attended and the band went down well. I met up with a friendly chap called Craig as well as a band called Gypsy Fire - more of later.
Craig bought a Waltone Guitar on the strength of an article by Ron Chapman that appeared some time back on this blog so we had a thing or two in common.
Over all it was a good gig although, at times, I thought "This is just too perfect" Is that possible? Don't get me wrong Simon but I'd have liked a few wrong notes along the way! Maybe there were but, if there were - they were well disguised!
The program was good although, Love Potion No. 9 needs words to be truly effective, good as the tune is.
Minor points. Simon Woolf's Sextet are worth checking out.

1 comment :

woolfnotes said...

Thanks again Lance for the kind words. Will be sure to include the vocal on Love Potion next time out. I suspect there were more than a couple of wrong notes along the way, though I have a distant memory of a Miles Davis quote to the effect of "there are no wrong notew, it all depends how you resolve them"

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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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