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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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Monday, June 17, 2013

Azymuth @ Hoochie Coochie June 16.

Alex Malheires (bs gtr); Ivan 'Manao' Conti (dms); Fernando Moraes (keys); Marcina Arnold (perc.)
(Review by Lance).
Recreating their 1979 album Light as a Feather, Azymuth laid down their own particular brand of samba jazz and 70's Brazilian pop. Repetitious it may be yet, nonetheless, the compulsive rhythms wind their strings around your heart attuning your pulse into theirs.
Brilliant musicians all, my feet tap, my hands clap. What a drummer! Bass is no bummer! Keys and Korg and Fender Rhodes take us down Brazilian roads. Marcina picks up the guiro and soon we're in Rio de Janeiro.
It was all exciting stuff and yet I wanted more. A horn or too, a singer rather than the wordless vocals and maybe a more dynamic percussionist.
I realise this would have defeated the object of recreation but it would have been nice.
Surprisingly, there were few dancing to what is essentially dancing disco music.
Having said all that, it was still a groove-making night and if I was disappointed it was only by the tiniest margin.
Photos.
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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