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Bebop Spoken There

Vadim Neselovskyi, Professor of Jazz Piano, Berklee College of Music: “Every pianist has to deal with a very complex left-hand part at some point. This is the essential pianistic experience – to split your brain into two halves and execute two very different tasks at the same time.” – (Down Beat September 2017).

Roscoe Mitchell: “To me, improvisation is trying to improve your skills so you can make these on-point compositional decisions. That takes practice.” – (Down Beat September 2017)

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Today Sunday September 24

Scarborough Jazz Festival - Day three of three.
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Afternoon.
More Jam - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
Ian Harrington (solo piano) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
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Mick Shoulder's Swing Manouche - Claypath Delicatessen, Durham DH1 1QS. 0191 3407209. 4pm. £5.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's, 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. 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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Jazz Tones - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm. £4.
Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.
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Evening
The Blueswater - Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle NE1 2PQ 0191 2304474. Doors 7pm. £7.
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Chris Martin - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

CD Review: Alison Rayner Quintet - August.

Alison Rayner (bs); Buster Birch (dms); Deirdre Cartwright (gtr); Diane McLoughlin (sop/ten); Steve Lodder (pno).
(Review by Lance).
With the exception of The Beatles' Fixing a Hole, all the compositions are composed and arranged by Ms Rayner who also provided her own take on The Beatles' number. The inspirations are many - the mind-turning moments when jazz-rock captured her after listening to Jaco and Stanley Clarke, the ending of relationships, the loss of parents, a hilltop town in Andalucia, bebop, Monk and Muppets, Sly, Ernest Ranglin and Cannonball, to mention but some. Those, most of whom are now gone, could have no better tribute paid to their memory than by the music on this album of delight.
Cartwright has, over the years, established herself in the leading echelon of guitarists and her playing here more than rubber stamps those credentials. McLoughlin, I'd only heard on one previous occasion - referred to later - and she doesn't let the side down! In fact she is more than just the icing on the cake - she's the marzipan too! 
Apart from composing and arranging, Rayner's bass playing holds it all together and the bowed bass intro to Elegy for Art (her dad) captures a moment, although deeply personal, the listener will want to share with anyone who has lost a loved one.
Birch and Lodder had no choice but to swing their asses off! Two guys and three gals! they had to dig deep to keep male pride intact! And of course they did! However, music these days is no longer the exclusive preserve of gender, race or whatever and the bottom line is can they cut it?
These five cut it with mustard to spare!
Cartwright and McLoughlin are long-time associates of Alison's and I was privileged to hear them last year at Jan's Bar in Stoke Newington. The music here serves as a reminder of that enjoyable evening.
Lance.
PS: The Alison Rayner Quintet's August, is released in October (6) on Blow The Fuse Records whose website also includes tour dates starting on October 25 in Brighton but, sadly doesn't go further north that Nottingham - yet!.

1 comment :

  1. Thank you Lance for your kind words and a lovely positive review. I'm really glad you like the album!

    I hope to get band up to the North East sometime next year so hope to see you again then.

    Alison

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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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