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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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Sunday, August 11, 2013

CD Review: Larry Corban - The Circle Starts Here.

Larry Corban (gtr); Harvie S (bs); Steve Williams (dms).
(Review by Lance)
I've got CDs waiting to be reviewed piled up to the ceiling (it's a low ceiling) and about 75% seem to feature guitarists which prompts me to say that if any fingerpickin' fretters fancy their chances as a reviewer please get in touch. You get to keep the CD.
However, you won't get to keep this one - it's quite a delightful disc.
Corban has worked with many big hitters including Robert Glasper, Big John Patton, Wayne Krantz and Roy Hargrove to mention but a few. This is his debut trio recording as a leader and it's an impressive start. This is no "Jazz Metal" thrash but a selection of meaningful originals by Corban plus one standard. The comments below are mainly his.
Sideswiped: Dedicated to Cannonball and Lee Morgan.. Boppy and swingy and harmonically sound.
Bossa Barb: I quote. "relates to those gorgeous women you dream about." (I played this track twice and it worked!)
Enjoy the Ride: Goes off at tempo de lick and rubber stamps  the guitarists technique.
Seventh Dimension: In 7/8 time. It was originally in 3/4 then it was called Third Dimension. Steel strung acoustic does the business on this one.
The Second She Leaves: "I'm gonna sit down and write a book...next time". Listen to Harvie S' bowed bass.
On The Sly: Is another 7/8 workout that was morphed from a 4/4 version called On The Fly.
Blink of an Eye: In 5/4, a description of a short-lived relationship. (If you say so Larry! Personally I think it's a terrific track irrespective of the background.)
3 Hours Late: A ballad that was written whilst waiting for a lady - at least I got a tune out of it he says. (I'd want more than a tune!)
Roll The Dice:  Refers to online dating - "You never know what you'll get."
Story Inside My Head: Countdown changes in 5/4 with a new melody.
Dream Wheel: Written overlooking a ski slope in Steamboat Springs, Co.
Wolf's Den: named after a friends club in the above resort
Hmmm: Unaccompanied fingerstyle ballad.
East of the Sun: Listen to Williams' brushwork..
Maybe I cheated on this one by quoting mainly from the booklet but I couldn't top them!
One for guitar buffs and music lovers.
 Larry Corban - The Circle Starts Here. was released in June on Nabroc Records.
Lance.

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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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