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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 Saturday September 23

Scarborough Jazz Festival - Day two of three.
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Evening
Bradley Johnston (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Rockafellas - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
Tobie Carpenter Organ Trio - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £10.
Thin Man + Jon Gordon - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. Free.
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Nikki Iles & Stan Sulzmann - Great Hall, Hexham Abbey, Hexham NE46 3NB. 10pm. £10/£8.
Pat McMahon Trio - Tannery, Gilesgate, Hexham NE46 3QD. 01434 605537. 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.

Friday, December 05, 2014

Alex Garnett's Bunch of 5 - Andromeda

Alex Garnett, Tim Armacost (ten); Liam Noble (pno); Michael Janisch (bs); James Maddren (dms).
(A musing by Lance.)
The CD isn't released until January 26 so this is not the official review - that will follow nearer the release date.
If it had been released this month it would be in with a shout for the Album of the Year Award - one of BSH's most coveted accolades - the other is "Who can drink the most beer without getting a round in?"
Imagine if the Jazz Couriers had arrived on the scene sixty years later - I think they may have bore more than a passing resemblance to the music here.
However, this isn't a CD review but an advance warning of the musical pleasure that awaits the jazz populace of Colchester on Jan 9 followed by gigs in Welwyn Garden City (Jan 18); 606 (Jan 19); Cardiff (Jan 20); Swansea (Jan 21); Bristol (Jan 22); Wakefield (Jan 23); Derby (Feb 6) and Reading (April 2).
Sadly, Derby and Wakefield are as far north as they get which is hardly north at all!
Could the jazz factions that rule from, say Leeds to Edinburgh (via York, Darlington, Newcastle) not combine to let the natives of Antarctica UK hear this tremendous group? 
As a matter of interest, my latest tax statement says that 8 quid of my contributions go to "Culture eg sports, libraries, museums" - is it possible for me to channel my coins to a "Cultural Activity" of my own choosing?.
Lance.

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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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