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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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Monday, October 07, 2013

Dominic J. Marshall Trio - Splinter @ The Bridge Hotel, Newcastle Oct. 6

Dominic J. Marshall (pno); Sam Vicary (bs); Sam Gardner (dms).
(Review by Lance.)
Not the most auspicious start to a gig - band held up in traffic, late start and balance problems on the opening Sleepwalking meant I had to make the decision of hanging around or getting the next 27 bus home.
I hung around. I'd reviewed a CD of the trio awhile back and I knew their capabilities and, lo and behold, the very next number it all came together.
Bud, dedicated to Bud Powell, was quite wonderful with sweeping statements from Marshall. He may be playing 21st century piano but a lot of his chords owe much to Bud even if he does sneak in a few extra extensions of his own into the voicings.
A program of originals, apart from I Should Care which, paradoxically, turned out to be the definitive benchmark in the first set.
"Who wrote it?" asked Marshall. "Who cares?" replied someone in the back row. Well, for those of us not in the back row, it was written by Paul Weston, Axel Stordahl and Sammy Cahn. But, let me tell you this - it was rewritten tonight by Dominic J. Marshall!
This was a good gig and Marshall is quite an astonishing pianist with a technique comparable with a lot of better known names.
He swings! How could he not with Sam Gardner kicking seven shades  out of the kit and Vicary laying it down to be obeyed.
Those that made it tonight applauded vociferously. Them that didn't should feel justifiably sad.
I left just before the end to catch the 27. I felt sorry for the driver - he didn't know what he was missing inside the Bridge Hotel.
Lance

1 comment :

  1. Was top stuff - shows what can be done on a keyboard. The last number was fantastic too.

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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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