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Bebop Spoken There

Les Paul: "Okay so you make great sounds. The people you're playing for, they work all day, they don't go to music schools and study harmony. They pay their dough, they come in, they listen. If they don't understand what you're doing, they walk out. What are you supposed to do, tie 'em with a rope whilst you explain you're playing great music?" - (Down Beat June 15, 1951).

Jack Perciful: "Unless you're playing somewhere like Carnegie Hall, in the States, the piano is the last thing they buy. When they've got ten dollars left over they go buy a piano." - (Crescendo October 1971.)

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Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 22 in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Today Sunday May 28

Afternoon.
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
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Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Northumberland Park, Tynemouth Rd., Tynemouth NE30 2HA. 3pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Evening
Cancelled! Young Musicians Jam Session - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm. Cancelled!
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Billy Bootleggers All Star House Band w. Teresa Watson - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Friday, April 07, 2017

GIJF Day 1: Laura Jurd’s Dinosaur & Daniel Herskedal Trio @ Sage Gateshead - March 31


Laura Jurd (trumpet & synth); Elliot Galvin (keyboards); Conor Chaplin (electric bass); Corrie Dick (drums). + Northern Sinfonia Strings.
(Review by Steve H/photos courtesy of Ken Drew).
Just in case you weren’t sure who was who, one group of players entered the stage suited and booted in black evening wear, whilst the other group of players entered in jeans, tee shirts and wooly hats. I have seen Dinosaur several times and always thoroughly enjoyed their exciting creativity and enthusiasm. Maybe they were intimidated by playing with such an auspicious lineup up, but on this occasion I thought the music although enjoyable was not as exhilarating as on previous occasions. Corrie Dick is normally a really powerful, forceful drummer but he seemed to be playing well within himself. In a previous review, I had said that a rendition of Happy Sad Song was one of the highlights of the year, but on Friday it was good, but nothing special in comparison with the quartet only version. Personally, I thought the best piece was played by the quartet with no strings attached.
I am sure that, as an experience, it will certainly help the band to grow to an even more elevated position in current British circles.
Daniel Herskedal (tuba, bass trumpet); Eyolf Dale (piano); Helge Andreas Norbakken (percussion) + Northern Sinfonia Strings/Woodwind/Brass
The Daniel Herskedal Trio dovetailed seamlessly with the Northern Sinfonia probably due to them being very experienced with this type of collaboration. The tuba is rarely seen in jazz circles and its uniqueness certainly added to the enjoyment. At times the music evoked Scandi Noire to such an extent that I was worried someone might have been murdered in the auditorium. However, it wasn’t all darkness as some light Arabic style rhythms kept things from getting too tense. The music didn’t appear to be very spontaneous or improvised but was, nevertheless, very atmospheric and most enjoyable.
Steve H.

1 comment :

  1. Just been listening to Dinosaur Together as One . Love It. Pam Y

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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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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.)
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