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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 09, 2013

Legohead @ The Bridge Hotel, Newcastle..

Lloyd Wright (gtr); Jon Proud (bs); David Francis (dms).
(Review by Lance.)
What can one say? This is the jazz version of Cream or maybe Forty Years After. Whatever, the triumvirate take jazz rock to an exalted level.
Lloyd is the spiritual descendent of the Tyneside jazz dynasty that weaves its way from Charlie Smith via Roly Veitch,  John Hedley, Terry Ellis, James Birkett, Rod Sinclair, Mark Williams to Lloyd and (in a different direction) Bradley Johnston.
I wasn't the only one who recognised Lloyd's credentials - the gig was well attended - and the boy didn't disappoint giving the crowd an inspired set. There was more pedals on stage than in the Tour de France but they were used sparingly yet effectively.
Original material, although some we'd heard before and some we hadn't, allowed the young guitarist  to display his awesome technique as well as his occasional tender moments.
On bass, Jon Proud too had his moments. A less flamboyant player than Wright he, nevertheless, did what was needed and soloed impressively. David Francis has been round the kit a few times and his breaks and fills showed the hands and feet of experience.
It was a good set with ne'er a sheet of music on the stand.
That I missed the second set was no reflection on the band.
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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