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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, January 19, 2015

Stretch Trio @ The Bridge Hotel. January 18

Andy French (tenor saxophone & EWI), Calvin Travers (guitar) & Tom Higham (drums)
(Review by Russell/photo courtesy of Ken Drew).
A young award-winning trio rocks up at the Bridge Hotel in Newcastle in the middle of January and a half-decent crowd turns-out. Two sets of original music composed by the trio (principally Andy French and Calvin Travers) opened with The River followed by a drum ‘n’ bass infused Hectic Metric. The latter wasn’t so hectic. Similarly, Travers’ In the Open made every effort to deny the band name!
The temptation to ‘stretch out’ resisted, Travers did most of the talking, the trio did lots of playing. French switched between tenor and EWI (electronic wind instrument), tenor heard more easily than EWI. Left-handed guitarist Travers did what many guitarists are unwilling/unable to do – he had all four fingers of his right hand glued to the fret board. Drummer Tom Higham had it down and Twelve Wrongs Make a Right closed  the well-received first set.
Second set: Tom Higham took the spotlight with a drum feature on Cleopatra, followed by dynamic group interplay on Tune One (the trio’s first ever tune!). A folk melody (an intentional ‘spacey sound’ with French on EWI) for some reason encouraged Travers to kick-off his shoes (his playing unimpaired). French and Higham took five, leaving band mate Travers to play solo. This was the highlight of the evening by a stretch. First class guitar playing, a match for anyone out there. The trio reunited for an up-tempo outer.
Stretch Trio are on tour. Check them out.     
Russell.          

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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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