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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.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

CD Review: Nick Sanders Trio - You Are a Creature.

Nick Sanders (pno); Henry Fraser (bs); Connor Baker (dms).
(Review by Lance).
New Orleans-born pianist Sanders is described as a unique voice and his trio are referred to as unconventional.
I second the motion!
Maybe we could add Quirky!
The cover art, the titles and the execution tell us that this isn't going to be a straight drive down the freeway but, rather a meandering journey through side roads and dirt paths although there are some moments when the foot is on the pedal and they are in the fast lane pursued by a hip cop.
Take a look at the titles: Let's Start; Wheelchair; Red Panda; Round You Go; Room; You Are a Creature (title track); Carol's Kid; Zora The Cat; Repeater; Keep on the Watch; Peculiar People; Day Zombie; The Blessing.
Not your average song titles. But these aren't songs/tunes or numbers - they are compositions!
Not your average piano, bass and drums trio either but a unit of equals.
Given that the album was produced by Fred Hersch I could have said 5 stars without listening - Fred knows a thing or two! But, of course, that would be cheating! I, despite my suspicion of original compositions, go along with Fred. One of the most original piano albums I have heard in years. True there are moments when Monk springs to mind and others when Bill Evans seems inspirational. Maybe Jarrett is in their too - both Keith and Cody - particularly the latter as Sanders would be justified in telling his mother that he's "Top of the world" - ask your [grand] parents to explain!
Available now on Sunnyside Records.

1 comment :

Hugh said...

Whatever the quality of the music and the production, I would like to nominate the cover art to drive straight down the freeway that leads to the accolade that is Jazzwise magazine's "Art Failure" feature!

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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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