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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 Sunday September 24

Scarborough Jazz Festival - Day three of three.
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Afternoon.
More Jam - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
Ian Harrington (solo piano) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
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Mick Shoulder's Swing Manouche - Claypath Delicatessen, Durham DH1 1QS. 0191 3407209. 4pm. £5.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's, 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Blues Jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Jazz Tones - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm. £4.
Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.
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Evening
The Blueswater - Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle NE1 2PQ 0191 2304474. Doors 7pm. £7.
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Chris Martin - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 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.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Mo Scott Band @ The Jazz Café. March 22

Mo Scott (vocals), Gary Dunn (guitar), Deon Krishnan (bass) & Paul Smith (drums)
(Review by Russell/Photos courtesy of Mike Tilley)
People get ready, Mo Scott’s a-comin’. Tyneside’s Empress of the Blues Mo Scott sang Ray Charles, Curtis Mayfield, Big Mama Thornton and many others at a standing room only gig on Pink Lane. Supercharged takes on Unchain My Heart, People Get Ready, a spine-tingling Rock Me Baby, this was Mo Scott in fine form.
Blues singer, blues shouter, Scott has few, if any, pretenders to her crown. On this gig, a last minute depping bass player joined Scott and her regular sidemen Gary Dunn, guitar and drummer Paul Smith. The absent Neil Harland – working in Chicago, wouldn’t you know! – necessitated a substitute bassist. Step forward five and six string maestro Deon Krishnan. A brief band conference, set list agreed, blues time! The diminutive Scott has one helluva blues voice. At times she’s in another world, lost in the blues, arms flailing, you believe her story. That mean mistreatin’, dirty cheatin’, low down man…don’t you just love him!?
Guitarist Gary Dunn is the perfect foil, a superb player, none better. Similarly, drummer Paul Smith is a groove merchant par excellence. Immense, restrained power, unleashing it at the right time is the art and Smith has seemingly perfected it. Deon Krishnan gave a master class in no-nonsense, in-the-pocket bass playing. Oh, and he knew the tunes! Mo Scott is fortunate in being able to shout down the north east blues’ mine knowing that an SOS would be answered. If this blog awarded stars for performance, D. Krishnan would get five of them (5 being the tops).
Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood, the Stones’ Miss You, Sonny Boy’s Help Me, the Jazz Café crowd lapped it up. Dunn produced not one but two party pieces. Jimi’s Little Wing was as good as Hiram Bullock’s take at Newcastle City Hall on the Gil Evans’ tour. The encore featured All Along the Watchtower – more brilliant playing. Scott has a fine band, more gigs would be just the job. Next time make sure you get on board.      
Russell.         

1 comment :

  1. Damn - I was all set to go to this! Before lazyitis struck me down - should have got myself into gear .....

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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.
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