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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.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

CD Review: Introducing Nelson Pari.

Nelson Pari (guitar); Adam Davy (sop/alt); Manley O'Connor (pno/keys); Luigi Casanova (bs); Callum Green (dms).
(Review by Lance)
Young Italian guitarist Pari sent me this, his début EP, in November last year and, to my eternal shame, I've only just got around to playing it. In my defence it arrived at a time when CDs were arriving by the barrow-load and I tended to give preference to the better known names.
A mistake!
This is a disc I may well be playing long after the hyped up names are forgotten! Pari is both an articulate player and, on the evidence of track 2, Iris, a composer with a melodic flare. The opener, Miles' Solar, reveals this to be a band aware of the bebop tradition but not trapped in a stylistic straight-jacket. Throughout, the emphasis is on making music and improvising as opposed to improv. Fisherman's Horizon is atmospheric capturing a tranquil day by river or calmed sea.
Amarcord, from the Fellini movie, has some probing, almost romantic, soprano from Davy - Sidney Bechet may have sounded like this had he been born 80/90 years later! Pari's blues tinged solo adds to the melancholic feel. Piano, bass and drums feed the front men to perfection and I have only one complaint - it should have been a CD rather than an EP. After the fourth track I was brought down to earth - coitus interruptus!

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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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