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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 Monday September 25

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Classic Swing - Marquis of Granby, Streetgate, Sunniside NE16 5ES. 0191 4880954. 1pm. Free. New mainstream gig w. Bob Wade (trumpet); Olive Rudd (vocal) and other familiar faces.
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Alastair Lord (trumpet) & Kris Thomsett (organ) - St. Nicholas Cathedral, St. Nicholas Square, Newcastle NE1 1PF. 1:05. Free (retiring collection).
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Evening.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, February 10, 2017

CD Review: Shawn Baltazor - Lionsong

Seamus Blake (tenor/soprano); Ben Monder (guitar); Sam Harris (piano); Ben Street (bass); Shawn Baltazor (drums/perc) + various strings.
(Review by Lance).
...Then three come along at once! Steve T wrote enthusiastically (I think) about Seamus Blake at the Southport Jazz Festival. I threw in my two bits after hearing him at the Black Swan on Tuesday then, come Wednesday, this CD arrives via my heavily-laden postman and, who's on tenor? Seamus Blake!
So, you guys who didn't make it to the Black Swan, you've got a reprieve in the form of a CD that will never become a coaster or a beer mat or end up in a charity shop.
Blake is, perhaps, more probing, less in your face than he was at the gigs but he, nevertheless, indicates that a lot of U.S. sax players are looking over their shoulders.
However, it's Baltazor's date. He composed and produced the album as well as laying down the drum lines.
Drummers composing? They'll be calling them musicians next!
And when they do, this will be a prime example.
The mood changes, the tempos vary, the lines are compelling. It's music to think about, to dwell upon the future, the past and the present. Where are we going? For me, Blake's trip on Momentum is where I want to be!
The CD which, incidentally, I do recommend comes with an 8-page insert of some totally meaningless images that could have been better used to inform the prospective buyers. But, then again, who ever reads [or is able to] CD inserts?
If you were at Southport, Black Swan or heard Blake on previous visits then this is for you. 
Baltazor can kick ass on drums whilst piano and guitar also have their moments and Ben Street, like the club bouncer, the hotel receptionist or the customer service lady at M&S, ensures that everything runs smoothly.
Check it out.
Lance.
PS: The strings don't do any harm.

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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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