Total Pageviews

Bebop Spoken There

Victor Feldman: "The teacher said he couldn't teach me anymore. That was when I was seven." - Downbeat June 8, 1961.

Christian McBride: "He [Horace Silver] was the whole package" – (Downbeat September 2014).

Today Monday January 22

Afternoon.

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

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

Monday, January 22, 2018

CD Review: Melody Gardot - Live In Europe

(Review by Ann Alex)
An album of live recordings which our singer and her band did in various cities in Europe, during the period 2012-2016. Ms Gardot explains that she originally thought she would choose the best tracks she could find, but then she decided it should rather be ‘a postcard from our tours of Europe’ giving ‘the feeling, the nostalgia, the memory’ of performances, and be a gift to herself as well as to the listener.
The information is taken from the website, www.melodygardot.co.uk.  and there are no lists of musicians. The songs appear to be originals, except for Over the Rainbow, mostly love songs, and Ms Gardot’s style leans towards cabaret, with something subtly French about the singing, which is often quiet, intimate, breathless, almost muttered. Listeners need to hear the songs a few times to fully appreciate the artistry. I estimate the instruments involved to be guitar, keys, saxes, (some tracks) strings, clarinet, flute, drums, and some delightful cello and very skilled double bass, which often introduces each song.

CD Review: Greg Cordez - Last Things Last.

Michael Blake (tenor); Steve Cardenas (guitar): Greg Cordez (bass guitar); Kirk Knufke (cornet0; Allison Miller (drums).
(Review by Lance).
The theme is that of coincidence - you can read about all this at the bottom of the page and decide whether it bears any relevance to the music heard. Whether or not it does or does not is in the ears of the beholder - listeners may just prefer to listen without any hifalutin distractions.
You won't be disappointed, the music is superb. The blurb lists
influences such as Reid Anderson, Todd Sickafoose - whoever they are - along with Charlie Haden (I know who he is!) but, overall, I get the feeling that the omnipresent figure is Mingus. Which is no bad thing.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

RIP Roswell Rudd (1935-2017)

Somewhat belatedly, I've just been notified that Roswell Rudd died on December 21, 2017. Trombonist Rudd began his playing career with Eli's Chosen Six. A Dixieland band that appeared in the classic film of the Newport Jazz Festival. Whether Rudd was with the band at that time I couldn't say. He did forward from the trad scene to the more contemporary sounds and was a longtime associate of Archie Shepp. I don't think I ever heard him live and, although he doesn't feature in my record collection he was highly rated by Downbeat critics who voted him top trombone in 2010.
The Jazz Journalists also named him as Trombonist of the Year on four occasions between 2003 & 2010.
He was 82.
Rest in Peace.
Lance.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Graeme Wilson Quartet @ The Jazz Café - Jan 19


Graeme Wilson (tenor & baritone saxophones, bass clarinet, flute & whistling), Paul Edis (keyboards, flute & whistling), Andy Champion (bass, double bass, flute & whistling) & Adam Sinclair (drums & whistling)  
(Review and flute trio photo by Russell/quartet photo courtesy of Mike Tilley).
We know the Graeme Wilson Quartet, we know what to expect, or rather we did. This Newcastle Jazz Café date produced surprise upon surprise. The atmospheric first-floor performance space works best when there is a good crowd in and as the first set was about to get underway the few remaining seats were being snapped up.
Composer, multi-instrumentalist, Honourary Geordie, Graeme Wilson arrived from his Edinburgh home to link up once again with pals Paul Edis, Andy Champion and Adam Sinclair. Wilson said there would be lots of new material (premiere pieces, no less!), and there was, together with two tracks from the quartet’s excellent CD Sure Will Hold a Boat. Wilson opened on tenor saxophone playing a new number titled Hyvot Mill. It bore all the hallmarks of a Graeme Wilson composition with its intricate harmonic structure (the lads were concentrating hard, real hard!) and ‘slow burn’ tenor solo culminating in near volcanic eruption only for our tenor man to take it down then out.

Incognito @ Hoochie - January 19.


My first thought was that this was one for Steve T who is the funkiest, most soulful of our review team. But no, I said, 'I'll do it myself'.
The best decision I've ever made!
If ever there was a cross-genre band then Incognito is it. It was jazz, it was funk, it was soul, it was Incognito - it's what they do. The solos from the horn section were Blue Note plus. Sid Gauld was up there where the air was rarified in the opening number. Alistair White chipped in later with some trombone work that made me think Kid Ory had met up with J.J. Johnson and Patrick Clahar blew tenor and flute to die for.
Three singers that could have held the night on their own. Imaani did some scatting that bore comparision with anyone. Tony and Vanessa weren't brilliant - they were fantastic! But, perhaps, the highlight of the evening, if one can single out an evening of so many highlights was the drum duet between kit man Mendolia and percussionist Caetano - this was one of those 'bring down the house moments' that will live forever.
If you weren't at Hoochie last night you weren't anywhere!
Lance.
PS: Because of the crowd, I couldn't get anywhere near to take a decent photo so I've used this one of Warren and Bluey - wonder what they're saying?
Jean-Paul 'Bluey' Maunick (guitar/leader); Francesco Sales (guitar); Matt Cooper (keys); Francesco Mendolia (drums); Sid Gauld (trumpet/flugel); Patrick Clahar (tenor/flute); Alistair White (trombone); Imaani, Vanessa Haynes, Tony Momrelle (vocals); Joao Caetona (percussion); Francis Hylton (bass guitar).

Friday, January 19, 2018

Jambone @ Sage Gateshead - January 18

(Review by Russell).
A concert by Sage Gateshead’s youth jazz orchestra is always a welcome event and despite a mid-January reminder of winter’s worst a good number of supporters took their seats in Sage Two for a one set performance of sixty minutes duration. The orchestra assembled on stage on time dressed in regulation all black attire.
The set list comprised four numbers; a Rodgers and Hart standard and three by Jambone MD Paul Edis. Putting names to most of the faces was a simple exercise given that Bebop Spoken Here has regularly documented the fortunes of the region’s premier youth big band. One new face, Ms Emily McDermott, the band’s vocalist, would sing on all four numbers, remaining on stage throughout.

Blog Archive

Submissions for review

Whilst we appreciate the many emails, texts, messages and other communications we receive requesting album/gig reviews on BSH, regrettably, we are unable to reply to them all other than those we are able to answer with a positive response.
Similarly, CDs received by post will only be considered if accompanied by sufficient background material.
Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance

About this blog - contact details.

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.

Subscribe!