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Bebop Spoken There

Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Steve Voce: “Most of us have been crashed into by cretins who walk along the road absorbed in the screens of their mobile phones.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Today Tuesday May 23

Evening
Davina & the Vagabonds - Sage Gateshead. 8pm. £18.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
Zoe Gilby: Pannonica - The Fox Inn, West End Tce., Hexham NE46 3DB. Free. 9pm.
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Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Sleepthief @ Sage Gateshead - April 29

Ingrid Laubrock (saxophones); Liam Noble (piano); Tom Rainey (drums)
(Review by Steve H/Photo courtesy of Ken Drew)
Sage Gateshead was packed last Saturday night although to be honest I think most of the concertgoers had come to see The Royal Northern Sinfonia play ‘Queen’ in Hall 1 rather than Sleepthief in the Northern Rock Foundation Hall. However, those that choose the smaller venue were richly rewarded. This international trio has been playing on and off together since 2007 and it was evident from Saturday night how comfortable they are in one another’s company.

Laubrock, German born, now living in the US, has appeared on Tyneside several times over the past few years but this was the first time the Sleepthief trio had performed in the North East. What a treat it turned out to be - improvisation of the most fascinating nature performed by 3 absolutely wonderful musicians. The nuances and the ebb and flow of the interactions between them was a joy to behold. At times things were relaxed and gentle then spontaneously the band would erupt into an inferno of sound.
Noble played the Steinway both inside and out whilst Laubrock flipped seamlessly form tenor to soprano. Not be outdone Rainey aside from his superlative drumming incorporated everyday objects such as paper bags and a plastic water bottle to add great percussive effect.
We may not have got Bohemian Rhapsody or for that matter even Rhapsody in Blue but wcertainly got a kind of magic.     

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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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