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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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Sunday, June 16, 2013

CD Review: Steve Swallow Quintet - Into the Woodwork

Steve Swallow (bs); Carla Bley (org); Chris Cheek (ten); Steve Cardenas (gtr); Jorge Rossy (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Textural is a word Steve Swallow uses in the press release to describe this 12 track, no discernible separation, album and it nicely sums up the pastoral rich opener Sad Old Man.
The title track, Into the Woodwork, has similar underpinnings but above it all Cheek emerges with a solo worthy of any of the great Blue Note tenormen. A Berklee graduate I wasn't familiar with his work but he has appeared on over 60 albums including several under his own name. Likewise Cardenas, he too has a prolific recording background and worked with Cheek in the Paul Motian Band. His playing on the album is clean and lyrical, keeping the melodic content flowing.
By now you've probably got the message that this isn't a typical organ/guitar/tenor soul session - it is too well textured (there's that word again) for that. Even Rossy's drum breaks are far removed from the showboating explosions of most drummers. Instead we get percussive lines integrated within the surrounds.
Carla Bley eschews the B3 with Leslie blast in favour of a more controlled - dare I say it? textured sound. Strangely, her solo on Still There includes an extensive quote from "Oh the driver's got the wind up" that merges into what sounds like the American version of "The Last Post" as played by the cavalry bugler in a thousand westerns.
Swallow composed all the pieces as well as adding distinctive bass lines and solos. The quintet do his compositions justice.
A CD that becomes increasingly more interesting and appealing with each listening.
Lance.
Steve Swallow Quintet - Into the Woodwork (ECM 2798380) is released in the UK on Monday June 17.
Check it out.

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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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