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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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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Whiplash - The Film!

Miles Teller, JK Simmons - Directed by Damien Chazelle
Remember those tales of piano teachers who would rap you across the knuckles with a ruler if you played a wrong note? My piano teaching parents never did that to me which is possibly why I became a mediocre saxophone player rather than the next Oscar Peterson (Remember that name - Oscar - it could/should have a lot of relevance re Whiplash!
Terence Fletcher, played magnificently by Simmons, had no truck with knuckle wrapping rulers - he showed his displeasure by throwing pieces of furniture at any of his student band members who didn't perform up to his unreachable standards. Young drummer Andrew (Miles Teller) is the main butt of Fletcher's attention subjecting the talented student to the most virulent verbal abuse imaginable in his attempt to drive the boy ever upwards and onwards.
A totally compelling film dominated by two characters - everyone else, even the slight love interest, are bit players - that held my attention from the start to the final credits.
The big band music is excellent and the drumming incredible - although not incredible enough for Fletcher!
JK Simmons - prepare your acceptance speech now!
Lance.

2 comments :

  1. We enjoyed it at the Tyneside Cinema last night too with a lot of guys in the audience - maybe a lot of drummers?!

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  2. The best ever music based film, WOW so dark and brutal

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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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