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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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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Gwyneth Herbert - The Sea Cabinet - @ Sage Gateshead June 12.

Gwyneth Herbert (vcl, pno, uke, various perc inst), Fiona Bevan (vcl, pno, uke, gtr, vln, various perc inst); Al Cherry (gtr); Sam Burgess (bs); David Price (dms, vln, glock, various inst); Burnside College Choir, Wallsend) (Pirates Chorus).
(Review by Lance).
A short, but well received opening set by Bevan (right) culminated with the curly permed singer / songwriter / guitarist being joined by Herbert for a brief taste of the main event.
I use the word main advisedly as The Sea Cabinet was indeed a suite/story, with words and music by Gwyneth Herbert, based on people, places and sea related artefacts.
Too complex to detail here - see concert preview and Gwyneth Herbert interview - it was almost a mini-folk opera with moments of humour, drama and pathos.
Both women have distinctive voices - at one point Herbert sat at the stage edge and sang unmiked. The voice was as clear as a bell, possibly a ships bell. Bevan too was pitch perfect particularly on the wordless passages. Between them they played a multitude of instruments as did percussionist Price. Cherry alternated between acoustic and electric guitar whilst Burgess excelled in adding the depth (50 fathoms perhaps?) with or without the bow..
The choir from Burnside College provided an effective "Pirates Chorus".
It was a non-stop performance that had me entranced from start to finish but...
I was fortunate having read the press notes, interviewed Herbert and heard some tracks from the CD in advance.
For those in the audience who hadn't done their homework this was possibly a challenge and maybe some program notes or a few explanatory words between pieces would have helped as I felt that some of the more humorous lines went over the audience's head.
Nevertheless, it was a rewarding experience and if the jazz content was minimal that didn't detract from the overall musicality of the evening.
Across in Hall One Elvis Costello may have had more bums on seats but I'm quite sure these two girls more than matched the quality.
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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