Total Pageviews

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)

Archives

Today Friday September 22

Scarborough Jazz Festival - Day one of three.
-----
Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
-----
Zoe Gilby Quartet - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
-----
Evening
Kentucky Cowtippers - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
Sean Noonan: Memorable Sticks - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £8/£6.
Backyard Rhythm Orchestra + Monkey Puzzle - o2 Academy, Newcastle. Doors 6:30pm. Curfew 10pm.
-----
Dave Newton & Dean Stockdale - Traveller's Rest, 2 West Auckland Rd., Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER. 8:30pm. £10.
Smokin' Spitfires - Forum Music Centre, Borough Rd., Darlington DL1 1SG. 7:30pm. £10.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
-----
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, February 06, 2015

EP review: The Graeme Wilson Quartet – Pleasureland















Graeme Wilson (tenor saxophone), Paul Edis (piano & Hammond organ), Andy Champion (double bass) & Adam Sinclair (drums).
(Review by Russell)
Pleasureland is a four-track EP sampler recording by the Graeme Wilson Quartet. The music is composed by Graeme Wilson and his quartet comprises four of the very best musicians working on the Britishwww.graemebwilson.co.uk jazz scene. Wilson’s CV includes numerous CD recording sessions, commissioned suites and performance experience across the jazz spectrum and beyond.
The curiously titled Toe of Fudge opens the EP with the composer in typical form; the stop/start, switch-back compositional form, Wilson’s tenor work unfailingly logical in conception and execution (pianist Paul Edis is heard in playful mood on the Hammond). The title track – Pleasureland – is the one ballad. All four musicians excel with drummer Adam Sinclair in subtle, yet propulsive form as Wilson’s sinuous tenor takes it out.
Street of Furs is one of those tunes, once heard, for ever in mind. Flowing, inviting the nominated soloist to stretch out. Bassist Andy Champion is never less than immaculate and the closing number – Honolulus – is an excellent example of his unsurpassed facility on his chosen instrument. Hear Honolulus on this EP and you will want to hear Wilson and co in concert.
Pleasureland (GBWQ001) by the Graeme Wilson Quartet is available now. Photography by Cath Keay.
Highly recommended. 
Russell.

2 comments :

  1. Don't think that website is the same Graeme Wilson!

    ReplyDelete

Blog Archive

About this blog - contact details.

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.

Subscribe!