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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 Saturday March 17


Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas @ Sunderland Empire, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3EX. 2:30pm. Featuring Rat Pack Big Band & Burrelli Sisters.


KOAN 7 - the Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:00pm. £5.00. (£4.00. concs). ‘Form and Space’ ‘An evening of free improvisation and original composition’. Line-up includes John Pope (solo improvised set).

Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas @ Sunderland Empire, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3EX. 7:30pm. Featuring Rat Pack Big Band & Burrelli Sisters.

Boys of Brass - Brandling Villa, Haddricks Mill Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 1QL. 9:00pm. Free.

Ben Cipolla - Great Broughton Village Hall, Ingleby Road, Great Broughton, Cleveland TS9 7ER. 7:30pm. Tickets: £12.50 from 01642 712176.

Gilded Thieves - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

To the be
st of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Mark Williams Trio @ The Empty Shop, Durham - October 19

Mark Williams (guitar), Paul Susans (bass guitar), Russ Morgan (drums).
(Review by Steve T)
No doubt, to the disappointment of our fearless editor, my visit to Empty Shop was accompanied by a severe bout of freshers/man flu (which kept me away the previous night), so my review is slight, but I didn't want the occasion to go unmarked.
No doubt he'll be thrilled that I've still found a few words to target a couple of things currently causing such enormous harm to music.
A slow start by Empty Shop standards but by the interval the chairs were pretty much occupied with almost thirty, including a large group of newbies (no doubt responsible for my ailment), who didn't know the protocol of clapping for each and every solo, and no bad thing either.
Taken entirely from his two albums, and mostly from his most recent, a mix of jazz, rock, sounds, some loops, and I really need a new metaphor for all the pedals, beyond our editor’s second favourite pastime. It was mostly all in splendid extended form, with convincing segues between pieces.
Last time I saw Mark I apologised for missing the album launch at the Caff because of a Soul Night in Crook (watch this space), but he cordially conceded that I'm well familiar with his playing.
Nevertheless, whatever the setting, he's always a riveting listen and tonight I noticed for the first time, some overt references to Black Sabbath which Francis attributed to Megadeth, which for anyone who knows their heavy metal, and I know Mark does, makes total sense. 
Incidentally, the reader should not mistake Dave Mustaine for some heavy metal fool; he's always tried to equip his band with accomplished jazz musicians.
And of course, Marks' rhythm section are fairly sh!t h0t too.
So, to the gripe. During the set he announced he had CDs for sale if we are to keep this thing called music going. I know another oldie bought both but I don't think any of the youngsters did. No doubt they'll either download/stream/whatever their 'favourite songs', or the record companies and media, none of whom have any interest in music, will convince them to spend twice as much (actually up to eleven times as much) on an old pop record which was never intended as a complete work (as the two main songwriters admitted), but is simply two or three singles with a load of fillers which, if you play them often enough with enough goodwill, will make as much sense as the hits. Meanwhile, real albums don't get a 180gm reissue and the CDs disappear into oblivion.
Steve T.

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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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