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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.

Friday, September 25, 2015

CD Review: Tim Thornton - The Feel Good Place

Tim Thornton (bs); James Gardiner-Bateman (alt); Grant Windsor (pno); Chris Draper (dms).
(Review by Lance)
Simply superb! I could end the review with those two words without feeling I'd short-changed anyone. However, whilst that description may do for me, my loyal readers deserve more -  yes all three of you - so here we go.
Sweet Chin Music is a delightful theme that brings to mind the feel, in an abstract sort of way, of the classic Giuffre album The Train and the River. It has a similar mood - sort of floating - whilst actually sounding nothing like it! Thornton's bass moves around, keeping everything together. JGB plays alto with a fluidity that allows the ideas to flow. Windsor's piano, on the money every time, and the drumwork at the end, the perfect climax.
The only non-original, The Beatles Here There and Everywhere, which just happens to be my favourite - possibly my only favourite - Beatles tune is a biggie for all. I'm not sure which chord sequence it is based upon - did the Fab Four create original seqs? Certainly this one is more complex than say, All My Loving or She Loves You etc. - a timeless melody worthy of any of the Gasbook guys. 
Newborn, a mid-tempo groove, has me thinking that Thornton's extended solo is just about as good as it gets. JGB's alto ticks so many boxes I had to create new ones for him to tick! Then Windsor came in - no wonder they named a town after him - and I ran out of ticking boxes.
More originals - The Feel Good Place; Dribbling; Corona; Wicked Rickety - each and everyone as good as, or better, than the one preceding!
This is a swinger - Swing 2015+.
Best new British album I've heard so far this year - the truth always wins!
The album is released by Jellymould on Oct. 2 and launched at Pizza two days later. They tour in March - mainly, no totally, south of Dean Street!
Lance.

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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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Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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