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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.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

CD Review: Nick Sanders Trio - You Are a Creature.

Nick Sanders (pno); Henry Fraser (bs); Connor Baker (dms).
(Review by Lance).
New Orleans-born pianist Sanders is described as a unique voice and his trio are referred to as unconventional.
I second the motion!
Maybe we could add Quirky!
The cover art, the titles and the execution tell us that this isn't going to be a straight drive down the freeway but, rather a meandering journey through side roads and dirt paths although there are some moments when the foot is on the pedal and they are in the fast lane pursued by a hip cop.
Take a look at the titles: Let's Start; Wheelchair; Red Panda; Round You Go; Room; You Are a Creature (title track); Carol's Kid; Zora The Cat; Repeater; Keep on the Watch; Peculiar People; Day Zombie; The Blessing.
Not your average song titles. But these aren't songs/tunes or numbers - they are compositions!
Not your average piano, bass and drums trio either but a unit of equals.
Given that the album was produced by Fred Hersch I could have said 5 stars without listening - Fred knows a thing or two! But, of course, that would be cheating! I, despite my suspicion of original compositions, go along with Fred. One of the most original piano albums I have heard in years. True there are moments when Monk springs to mind and others when Bill Evans seems inspirational. Maybe Jarrett is in their too - both Keith and Cody - particularly the latter as Sanders would be justified in telling his mother that he's "Top of the world" - ask your [grand] parents to explain!
Available now on Sunnyside Records.
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. Whatever the quality of the music and the production, I would like to nominate the cover art to drive straight down the freeway that leads to the accolade that is Jazzwise magazine's "Art Failure" feature!

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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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