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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 Tuesday September 26

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Black Bull, 98 Front St., East Boldon NE36 0SG. 1pm. Free. 0191 5365127. 2nd of 6 consecutive gigs. 2 mins from East Boldon metro.
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Evening
Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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Thursday, January 17, 2013

CD Review: The Summarily Dismissed: To Each!


Ari Shagal (vocals, keyboards); Ferima Faye (Vocals); Matthew Lomeo (vocals); Joe Davi (guitar); Pat O’Leary (bass); Eric Halvorson (drums); also Kenny Washington (jazz vocals); Nydia Mata (congas, bongos); also others on trumpet, trombone, saxophones, vibraphone.
(Review by Ann Alex).
This is a fine début album from Ari Shagal’s band The Summarily Dismissed.  Most of the songs were written by Ms Shagal, who hails from New York.  I’d classify this as ‘intelligent pop’, such as you hear in the likes of Nero coffee shops, stuff you like but can’t put a name to.  
The lyrics concern relationships; the bias against people who live on Jersey Shore; the stock market; and amusingly, wanting to be taller: 
As I sublimely shuffle up and down the avenues 
A bid for bold urbanity in D’orsay shoes
I call myself a femme fatale, but other folks refuse
and say I'm just ‘cute’
’cause I'm not tall and resolute.  
Each of the three vocalists has a distinctive voice and style, and every word is beautifully clear.  
Ms Shagal's the jazziest voice, Ms Faye - a natural strong soprano and Matthew Lomeo sounds very like Stevie Wonder.
Jazz elements appear with the solos, but not on all of the 11 tracks, so jazz influence is limited, although the tunes certainly swing. Oozing Awkward has a jazzy sax solo and a  rock style guitar solo. Shade Walking is virtually a blues, written in a more modern poetical structure, Bull Market has busy, buzzy instrumentation to represent the stock exchange on Wall Street, and Jersey Babes includes a satisfying solo on plunger-muted trombone which sounds like a low-pitched human voice.
Lance is appealing for more CD reviewers, who get to keep the CD’s – I'm so glad I can keep this one!
'nuff said.
The Summarily Dismissed: To Each is released on the Laureniac Song label this month.
Ann Alex 

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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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