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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.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

CD Review: Pierrick Pédron – Kubic’s Cure

Pierrick Pédron (Alto); Thomas Bramerie (Bass); Franck Agulhon (Drums). + Mederic Collignon (trumpet); Thomas De Pourquery (vocals);  Ghamri Boubaker (Algerian Flute).
(Review by Steve Horowitz).
Many jazz artists have paid homage to popular music Herbie Hancock’s River - The Joni Letters (Joni Mitchell)  and Bill Frisell ‘s All We Are Saying a John Lennon  tribute are just two that spring to mind. To this growing cannon of work a most unlikely contender can be added. Pierrick Pédron’s previous album Kubic’s Monk  was a tribute to the great Thelonious, his latest album Kubic’s Cure  is a  tribute to 80’s goth rock icons The Cure. I must confess  to being  a big fan of Robert Smith’s legendary band so it is not without prejudice that I come to this album .
This album is driven by Bramerie’s thumping  bass and Agulhon’s  pounding drums whilst Pédron plays his alto over the top of the rhythm section. Most of the The  Cure’s most famous tracks are covered  starting with The Forest and  then moving onto In Your House which has some great backing vocals from guest Pourquery. The Caterpillar follows and then my own personal favourite Cure track  In Between Days which is interpreted very differently here. The best song on the album for me  A Reflection has a truly eastern feel  augmented  by the Algerian instrumentation  of Boubaker. The Eastern theme is continued with what on face value appears to be a rather dodgy title Killing An Arab but in fact this song is referring to a passage in the  Albert Camus novel ‘The Stranger’ .  Just Like Heaven / Close to me and a great version of Lullaby bring us to the final track on the album. Sadly, it is not Love Cats or Let’s Go To Bed but given these omissions what could be more appropriate than Boys Don’t Cry.      
I would be interested on hearing what people new to The Cure would make of this album. Personally, with a few notable exceptions, it fails to capture the melancholic, hypnotic, haunting feel of the original band but nevertheless it is an interesting and enjoyable take on one of Britain’s finest.
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.
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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