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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 Friday September 22

Scarborough Jazz Festival - Day one of three.
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Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
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Zoe Gilby Quartet - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
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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.
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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.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Mo Scott and Dean Stockdale @ The Jazz Café - Jan 31

Mo Scott (vcl); Dean Stockdale (pno).
(Review by Lance/photos by Mike Tilley . )
The concept behind The Jazz Café's Saturday night policy of booking duos, apart from the financial aspect, is one that is fraught with danger - particularly when the participants aren't a regular working duo. The end result can sometimes be akin to combining custard and mustard!
Fortunately, it wasn't like that tonight although, in the early stages, there was an understandable degree of uncertainty as Mo and Dean searched for a common ground. Dean, perhaps too precise, Mo, maybe too laid back but, like the pros that they are, each found the other's level which was when the sparks began to fly and by the time the set closed with Love Me Like a Man we knew that this was no longer a compromise but a genuine connection!
Up until this point we'd enjoyed Taking a Chance on Love, Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You, Lover Man, Love Me or Leave Me, But Beautiful and Careless Love. However, to my ears, Mean to Me was the moment when the bar was raised, and not just because I love the alternative use of  the title in the lyric - "Why should you be mean to me// when you know what you mean to me" -  this was the moment when it truly gelled. The moment when a duo became uno (sounds like a blues written for Mills and Boon but hopefully you know what I mean!).
From then on it just rolled along. I did hope that the second set would have been an out and out 12 bar explosion but, although it wasn't, Mo can do enough with a standard by Rodgers and Hart to make it sound like it was written by Smokestack Lightning!
There was a good crowd in tonight and Mo's version of Good Morning Heartache may be, for some, Good Morning Hangover! come Sunday.
Upstairs there was a Swing Tyne Jazz Dance going on - it's all happening here!
That I was surrounded by four blondes and a redhead (Russell) didn't spoil my evening at all!
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. Was enjoying the review all the way until the identity of our friend the redhead was revealed!

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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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