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Bebop Spoken There

Charlie Parker: "I'm accused of being one of the pioneers [of Bebop]." - (Down Beat September 9, 1949).

Eric Harland: “Sometimes when drummers play with other drummers they get caught up in ‘I don’t want to look like the weaker drummer.’ Then they tend to overplay. There is an insecurity element.” – (Jazz Times November 2014).

Bebop Spoken There Archives.

Today Friday November 28

Afternoon.
RENDEZVOUS JAZZ - Black Horse, Monkseaton. 1pm. Free.
Classic jazz.
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NEW YORK BRASS BAND - Gala Theatre, Durham. 1.pm. £4.
Heard them a couple of years back at the Cumberland - great band from, actually, OLD York!
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Evening.
STOCKDALE, STRONG & SHOULDER - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. £5 (£3 before 8.30pm.)
If you say Piano, guitar, bass then the Oscar is yours.
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GAVIN LEE TRIO - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm (doors?) £5.
Vintage blues night is what they do say.
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AMJAZZ EXPERIENCE - Black Bull, Etal, Cornhill on Tweed. TS12 4TL. 7.30pm. 01890 820200.
Jazz on the Border - save Hadrian building another wall (joke) great modern quartet.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

CD Review - Kekko Fornarelli Trio: Kube Room of Mirrors.

Kekko Fornarelli (pno. Rhodes. Sunth); Luca Bulgarelli (bs); Gianlivio Liberti (dms).
Inspired by the late Swedish pianist, Esbjorn Svensson, Kube Room of Mirrors is Italian pianist Fornarelli's attempt, and I quote, to draw jazz out of the narrow circuit of its appreciators, bringing it to the general audience.
Whether he will achieve this in today's pop cultured musical climate is debatable. However, what is beyond discussion is the man's talent both as a pianist and composer. I'm not normally susceptible to a program of undiluted originals but this is as compelling a piano trio disc as I've heard for many a long 32 bars. The moods are absolutely enthralling ranging from, exploratory probing - seeking out exactly the right harmonic progression before building up for the big finish - to straight ahead contemporary jazz and the many nuances in between. These include Debussy-like passages that are integral to the flow rather than thrown in for mere effect and a measured use of Synthesizer.
Above all, this is a trio with all of the component parts contributing.at the highest level. Bass and drums are outstanding giving Fornarelli the stimulus and impetus for his improvisations whilst creating their own texture and colour to the musical canvas.
If you were/are into EST or Brad Mehldau this CD should appeal. Check out this sample.
Lance.
Kekko Fornarelli performs on May 16 at the Italian Cultural Institute in London (39 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8NX). It would be nice to hear him in other parts of the UK.
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Kekko Fornarelli - Kube Room of Mirrors (Auand Records, LC 24354)

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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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