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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. New residency 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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Tuesday, June 04, 2013

CD Review: Jacob Varmus: Terminal Stillness.

Jacob Varmus (tpt/keys); Kris Davis (pno); Nate Radley (gtr); Jacob Garchik (acc); Ike Sturm or Gil Smuskowitz (bs); Brian Woodruff (dms/glock).
(Review by Lance)
For some unknown reason I keep shuffling this one down to the bottom of the pile of review CDs that are threatening to takeover house and home. I shouldn't do this because Terminal Stillness is a far better CD than some of those discs that are further up the pecking order.

There is an almost winsome appeal about it yet Varmus' long drawn out passages have an appeal that easily outstrips the similar minimalist approach of some other of his better known trumpet contemporaries.
The tone is full and the melodic and harmonic content of his solos have a laid back feel to it. I hear suggestions of Kenny Dorham, Red Rodney or middle period Miles. Radley and Davis.provide solo work that fully complements the leader.
Terminal Stillness is, I quote, a suite-based recording stimulated by the dimensions of  silence/inactivity and space. It is the result of searching for an autonymic term for perpetual motion.
Varmus states that "What I found in organising the suite is that music and activity in music are unsuppressable and that thusly the two terms are not so much in opposition to each other as one and the same." 
Make of that what you will. Personally I suggest that you stop furrowing your brow, scratching your head and enjoy the music. Stylistically? File it as "Post, Post Bop"!
It won't be my Album of the Year but it won't be the Lanterne Rouge either.
Lance.
PS: Listen also to Varmus' piano solo on the final track, Before Dawn.
Jacob Varmus: Terminal Stillness is now available on the Crows' Kin Recording Co. label.

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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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