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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.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Paul Edis/Slowlight Quartet @ The Bridge.

Paul Edis (solo piano).
(Review by Lance).
After weeks, nay months, even years trying to pack the upper room at The Bridge tonight it happened! I don't know if it was because it was Easter and in the "upper room" but the disciples packed the place out and, judging by the applause, there wasn't a Doubting Thomas amongst them!
Because of the crowd at the downstairs bar I missed the opening number but, Paul's version of My Favourite Things (with a nod towards Billy Evans) hit the spot. Nobody does Evans better than Edis and yet it's not a pastiche - rather a respectful acknowledgement of one of his influences.
Sunrise, a moody introspective original reminded me of the day, many years ago, when I drove down to South Shields to watch the sun coming over the horizon at about 4am. I don't think I've ever been awake at 4am since but Paul's piece brought it all back to me.
An adaptation of one of the Edis Sextet numbers - It's Behind You followed before we were on 52nd St. at 'Round Midnight, Paul added a new dimension to Monk's tune with some full rich chords that sustained the mood of what is, possibly, the most atmospheric composition in jazz.
Next up was an Easter Hymn - don't ask me - and Paul didn't tell us! Well it wasn't There is a Green Hill and it wasn't the lovely Easter Hymn from Cav so my guess is possibly JSB's Easter Chorale? I'm going to get shot down on this one!
The set finished with It Ain't Necessarily So. This had been one of the best solo piano sets I'd heard for a long time.
Chapeau! Paul.
The Slowlight Quartet: Tom Quilliam (ten/sop); Paul Lorraine (keys); Ian Paterson (bs); Jonathon Marriott (dms).
These guys had it all to do after such a strong opening set. To their credit, and bearing in mind this was possibly their first gig as a unit, they played well. Quilliam blows strong tenor and Ian, who seems to have acquired the nickname "Dodge" along the way, is among the front rank of north-east bassists whilst Lorraine and Marriott, although new names to me, know what they're doing.
Not quite sure how to define it - jazz/rock? jazz/fusion? Reminded me in places of The Yellowjackets or maybe a harder version of Spyro Giro. Whatever, this is a band to be bookmarked.
Didn't catch the full set as the number 27 was on the horizon but I look forward to hearing them again.

1 comment :

Paul Edis (on Facebook) said...

Thanks Lance ! The Easter hymn was 'Lord of the Dance' by Sydney Carter. Enjoyed the SLQ.

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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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