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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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Saturday, June 22, 2013

LP Review: The Ronnie Scott Quintet Featuring Alan Skidmore.

Ronnie Scott/Alan Skidmore (ten); Gordon Beck (pno); Jeff Clyne (bs); Johnny Butts (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Recorded Paris Studios Lower Regent St., London. BBC Jazz Club "The Jazz Scene" March 27, 1966.
There's something satisfying about a circular piece of 12" vinyl. For a start the sleeve notes the disc is enclosed in are readable - a major bonus when, as in this case, they are written by Simon Spillett who knows a thing or two about sax playing.
Given the line-up, comparisions with the Jazz Couriers are inevitable but not obvious. The Scott/Hayes group have, in my view, never been surpassed as the front runners of British modern jazz. The presence of Skidmore gives this band a more contemporary approach to which even Scott indulges in, albeit possibly with an if you can't beat 'em join 'em approach. Conversely, on the ballad Where Are You?, Skidmore displays a maturity worthy of his father, Jimmy Skidmore.
The rhythm section is impeccable, Gordon Beck, an all time piano great, who would go on to work with Phil Woods, is well featured. Jeff Clyne, who also played in the Couriers, was, until his death in 2009, a first call bassist and Johnny Butts, ex Emcee Five and Dankworth Big Band, was well mourned, not just on Tyneside but throughout the jazz world, when he was killed in a motorbike accident only 8 months after this session.
A good record to add to any collection particularly as, after the Couriers, Scott isn't as well represented on disc as he should have been. As the sleeve notes remind us, he hated recording. Fortunately he was less averse to radio broadcasts and this LP sees him in fine fettle alongside the emerging talent of young Skidmore.
Soundwise it's a little on the 'bright' side but not enough to mar the pleasure of hearing these giants of whom, sadly, only Skidmore remains with us.
The Ronnie Scott Quintet Featuring Alan Skidmore is available on a Gearbox 12"LP.
Find out more about Gearbox limited edition (500 copies) previously.unreleased vinyl records.
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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