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Bebop Spoken There

Eubie Blake: “He [Willie The Lion Smith] played some tricky rhythms, if he'd seen them written down, he'd have said "Oh I couldn't play that", but he played them!” – (DownBeat May 24, 1973).

Mel Lewis: “They [kids] think the word "technique" means speed. The word "technique" just means the way you do something, that's all.” – (DownBeat July 19. 1973).

Today Saturday April 21


Afternoon

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hardwick Arms Hotel, 1 North End, Sedgefield TS21 2AZ. Tel: 01740 622305. 1:30pm. Free.

Evening


Pocket Dragon - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham. DH1 4SJ. 7:30pm. £7.00. (£5.00. advance).

Ubunye - BURC, Main Street, Spittal TD15 1RD. Tel: 07752 403409. 7:30pm. £8.00. (£5.00. child, £22.00. family).


Groove-a-matics @ Magnesia Bank, Camden Street, North Shields NE30 1NH. 9:00pm. Free.

The Hookahs - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson Street, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Sunday, June 15, 2014

CD Review: Beat Funktion - Voodooland.

(Review by Lance).
Beat Funktion are back! The swinging Swedes who caught my attention last year with Moon Town have moved location to Voodooland. It doesn't matter, the music remains the coolest hippest jazz/funk/reggae/hip- hop groove mix in Scandinavia and beyond.
Prepare to dance the night away to some jazzy modern solos from trumpet and tenor, powerhouse keyboard, guitar and, on a couple of tracks, flute, all played over pulsating, hypnotic rhythms. Alternatively, you could just sit down and pour a glass or three of  Akvavit and let the music (all composed and arranged by Daniel Lantz) and the voddie envelope you.
Beat Funktion are not only fine musicians but also musical apothecaries and medicine men - they certainly cured my arthritis (temporarily) if not my high blood pressure!
This is unlikely to be my CD of the year but it has a fair chance to be in the shake-up for the danciest one.
Damn it, I'm going to play it again!
And again!
Beat Funktion - Voodooland is available on Do Music Records.
Lance.
Karl Olandersson (tpt); Olle Thunström (ten); Johan Öijen (gtr/talkbox); Daniel Lantz (keys); Pal Johnson (bs); Jon Eriksson (dms) + Staffen Hallgren (fl); Simon Monserrat/ Folke Lantz (perc).

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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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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