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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.

Monday, December 08, 2014

Budtones: Jazz Co-op @ The Globe: December 6

Fiona Finden (tenor sax, vocals); Stu Finden (tenor sax); James ? (Keys); Jim Crinson (bass); Eric Stutt (Drums).
(Review by Ann Alex).
This was a hugely enjoyable gig, which deserved a larger audience, although this venue looks full with just 15 or so people. The only problem was that the band has the alphabet in a different order from the rest of us, or so it seemed.  The order of tunes was alphabetical we were assured, starting at ‘M’ with The Message, but it seemed to go haywire from there! But joking apart, a fine set, adventurously boppy, interesting songs, tight playing and lots of great solos.
Most tunes began with either the melody sung by Fiona or the horns doing a chorus in harmony (one of my favourite sounds); then Stu turning to the keys and bass during his solo, solos from both keys and bass, then horns in harmony again, or a lovely chorus from our singer.  Not forgetting 4’s between Stu and Eric on some tunes, and a welcome drum solo on the second number which was Miles Davis’s All Blues. And the bop feel was enhanced by the circle of light above the band with psychedelic patterns moving through it.
The mood then changed for Autumn Leaves, sung gently by Fiona, with just the right amount of scat at the end, followed by Sonny Rollins’ Doxy; then an original written by Jim Crinson; and God Bless The Child, sung feelingly by Fiona, herself a mother, which maybe you have to be to fully interpret this song.  The first half was rounded off with a bop version of Whispering.
The second set included I Fall In Love Too Easily with some neat call and response between voice and Stu’s sax; a lively, amusing, Sister Sadie (‘never hurried, never worried’); Miles Davis’ So What; Blues For Stu; (Fiona commented that Stu’s isn’t often blue).  Then came a Fiona original which I reluctantly missed as the Metro called me home.
I daresay that Michael Bublé at the Arena last night was ok, but I was glad to be where I was. – Sorry Mike, maybe next time.                                                                                                                               Ann Alex     

1 comment :

  1. Nice comments Ann, Thank you we are playing at Hexham Thursday !.

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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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