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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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Thursday, June 06, 2013

North East Four (NE4) @ The Star Inn, Newcastle. June 5.

Paul Gowland (ten); Alan Law (pno); Ray Truscott (bs gtr); Paul Wight (dms).
(Review by Lance)
The North East 4, not to be confused with the Birmingham 6, exploded at the Star Inn tonight. This is a new band of four good men and true who played an interesting mix of originals and standards - composed I guess by six string bass guitarist Truscott who wrote the originals and they were original! Standards were Stomping at the Savoy (re-titled Savoy Cabbage and Chick Corea's Spain.)
The opener was loud - I mean Arena volume loud - in the bar of the Star Inn! However, the decibels dropped for the numbers that followed and were at a more acceptable volume as musicians and listeners adjusted to the acoustics. The pieces were quirky with some strange intervals - rather like an Ellington/Strayhorn opus inspired by a trip to the far east.
To quote pianist Law, they don't go where you expect them to go!" The 'Sound of Surprise' is ever with us.
The genre? Jazz Rock, New (ish) Wave, Hard Bop, Brubeckian time signatures (7/4), soulful ballads... 
Paul Gowland is on a roll these days, the ideas flow so (seemingly) effortlessly from the tenor sax - man and machine are as one.
Alan Law, addressed Alan Glenn as did, according to legend, Fats refer to Tatum. "God is in the house tonight."
God was indeed in the house but, on tonight's performance, Alan Law will surely soon graduate to deity status himself.
Truscott proved that he is much more than a bassist - his compositions and his arrangements were intriguing. Paul Wight impressed throughout - his solos, including a 7/4 blast, kept things kicking. NE4 is a welcome addition to the modern scene.
Afterwards, Lindsay Hannon sang My Funny Valentine, Andria, I Got Rhythm and Where or When followed by another of Lindsay's proteges - David - who did Autumn Leaves and All or Nothing at All.
Another good night - all we need are a few more jazzers to get their ass down here to keep it going.
Photos.
Lance.
PS: Next week Katie Trigger.

1 comment :

  1. no one plays like alan glen

    alan law x

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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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