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Bebop Spoken There

Marian McPartland: "When the Basie band was at Birdland I lived there" - (Melody Maker January 3, 1953). From Colin Aitchison's amazing collection).

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Robert Glasper: “I don’t understand how people can record standards, just play them in a standard fashion then expect people to get excited.” – (Jazzwise August 2015).

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Today Saturday August 29

Afternoon
Ruth Lambert/Andy Hawking - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ ?pm. Free.
Evening.
Steve Glendinning & Mark Williams - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.
Pete Gilligan (Solo pno) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 7.00pm.
Havana Club 5 - Bar Loco, Leazes Park Rd., Newcastle. 9pm. Free.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

The Primacy of the Ear...Part 3

The grand success of any workshop is when seeds of new concepts are sown, to grow in a mind free to be receptive. Even more so, if the person casting them has explored their art to the extent that they can see it in its fundamental simplicity and want to show you what they know. That was what was so good (more than good) for me about this workshop with Gilad Atzmon. It was great to hear that the key to all those fabulous sound that he makes with his saxophone is so simple and clear. His opening question was to ask whether we understood consonance and dissonance. The first thought that came to my mind as he described those words, was a memory of description of an essential character of Indonesian food, the subtle interplay of salt and sweet...
Tension and resolution and evidence that we were listening and responding to each other, I think that was what he was listening for as some of us improvised, eyes closed (to escape self conciousness) with our various voices. That was the idea that I took away with me to explore, something which is subtle and captivating in any form of expression. There were other aspects of the workshop that I have to think on too, they have been described in the previous blogs, so I need say nothing more, really, except that those seeds of ideas have been sown in my mind, in this workshop, and are happily sprouting away.
Fiona.

1 comment :

  1. Thank you so much Fiona, Dr. Jas and Ann. Three different aspects of what must have been a remarkable and educational afternoon. Wish I could have made it.

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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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