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Bebop Spoken There

Don Rendell: "It was about the time that the organ-type piano attachment - the clavioline - was invented. And the poster billing at one place where we played up north announced proudly, but erroneously: "The Johnny Dankworth Seven, featuring Frank Holder and the cleolaine" " - (www.jazzprofessional.com, December 2001).

Mary Lou Williams: “...it was discovered I possessed perfect pitch. Rumour of this oddity spread throughout the school, and pupils would drop pots and pans and other loud objects, asking 'What note, Mary?' (Melody Maker, 1954).

Today Friday May 25

Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Swing Manouche - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Evening

Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton - Sage Gateshead. 7:45pm. £15.30. NRFH. Solo blues, multi-instrumentalist, influences include Fats Waller & Blind Lemon Jefferson.

Shatner’s Bassoon - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. £8 (£6 in advance).

Hand to Mouth (Lindsay Hannon & Bradley Johnston) - Vicolo: Live in the Lane, Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. 8:00pm. Free.

Baghdaddies - Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 6:00pm. Online booking: £10.00. + £1.37 booking fee. The Whitley Bay Carnival ‘Big Ball’ featuring debut of the Baghdaddies’ big band line-up.

Nick Pride & the Pimptones - Cumberland Arms, James Place Street, Byker, Newcastle NE6 1LD. Tel: 0191 265 6151. 6:00pm. Free.

Swamp Hoppers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

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

Sunday, November 24, 2013

CD Review: Foreign Motion - In Flight.

Cory Wong (Guitar); Kevin Gastonguay (Keyboards); Yohannes Tona (Bass);  Petar Janjic (Drums).
(Review by Steve H)
Foreign Motion is a band formed and led by guitarist, New York native, Cory Wong. His three fellow musicians are from various parts of the globe. Pianist, Kevin  Gatonguay  hails from Minnesota. Bassist, Yohannes Tona  is from Ethiopia and drummer, Petar Janjic, from Serbia. Their diverse musical origins all help to add local colour to what is essentially a Jazz Rock/Funk/Fusion offering.
The album kicks off with the self explanatory The Funk Underground giving us a great feel for what this band is all about. Until It Falls is a mellow piano led number. The bass of Tona takes over for The U N Assembly a real funkadelic number. This is followed by Ellie, my favourite track on the album, a beautiful central melody  accompanied by some storming backing which had me leaping around the kitchen with joy. Kaleidiscope, another appropriately named song,  conjures up the multi layered effects of  its title. Drift has a gentle guitar intro and is a very elegant melodic piece. Kings, unlike its mellow predecessor, is an energetic burner with guitar, bass and drums all letting loose with gay abandon before  Gastonguay  injects some funky electronics into the mix but it is the percussion that  rules on this one. Pass The Plate is a straight ahead jazz number. Rise Above reminds me of Chic Corea’s Return to Forever group of the 70’s, Tona’s bass echoing  that of the great Stanley Clarke some 30 years ago. One is a slow soothing almost classical piece building gently and atmospherically before bowing out in an equal and opposite direction. Flee is a strident uplifting rumbustious effort. The final and title track In Flight is also the shortest piece which takes the listener out in an uptempo manner.
This debut album is thoroughly enjoyably.  The original compositions are top quality and the playing by all band members ebullient. I look forward to future offerings from this outfit and imagine they would be even better seen live
Steve H.

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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.
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