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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.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

CD Review: Tim Garland - Songs to the North Sky

Disc 1: Lighthouse. Tim Garland (tenor/soprano); Jason Rebello or John Turville or Geoffrey Keezer (piano); Asaf Sirkis (percussion);  Ant Law (guitar); Kevin Glasgow (elec. bass).
Disc 2: Songs to the North Sky. Garland (tenor/soprano); Sirkis (percussion); John Patitucci (double bass/Elec. bass); Neil Percy (tuned/classical percussion); Magdalena Filipczak (violin); Royal Northern Sinfonia Strings).
Tim Garland, long-time resident of a Whitley Bay lighthouse, former Composer-in-residence at Newcastle Uni and a collaborator with Sage Gateshead on many projects including Songs to the North Sky, has a strong affinity with the north east despite his Kentish Roots.
On disc 2, the saxophonist, composer, arranger, attempts to create soundscapes of the area 'twixt Tyne and Tweed and, by and large, succeeds. Aided by the Northern Sinfonia strings the 15 tracks take us on The Road Into Night, thru a Storm Over Kielder, to visualise Shapes Over Northumberland as well as allowing us (and Tim) the Freedom to Wander among other evocative settings.
On both tenor and soprano Garland probes and searches straying away from the A1 wondering where this side road, this cart track will lead him to. Perhaps a disused mine or a forgotten village inn serving nectar in a straight glass. Maybe a Lady of the Lake will offer to put him on the right road (or the wrong one). The unpredictable weather, the grandiose beauty of the Northumbrian landscape under a night sky, it's all here.
This is an important work that deserves to be judged, not just as jazz - which it undoubtedly is - but as a compositional triumph that transcends genre.
Disc 1 is more straightforward. This is his Lighthouse Trio with the addition of Law or Glasgow, on some tracks, and Rebello, Turville and Keezer sharing the piano duties throughout. Sirkis is present on both discs providing the required impetus with accuracy and precision.
There won't be many, if any, more compelling albums this year.


Hugh said...

I am really looking forward to hearing this. John Fordham has given it 5 stars in the Graun

Hugh said...

Sorry about the spacing - it didn't look like that in my submission!

Did TG actually live in a lighthouse in Whitley Bay (this certainly seems to have entered popular mythology and may well be the case) or did he just record in the lighthouse?

Lance said...

I confess to taking the mythology route - I could be wrong!

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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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