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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. 2nd of 6 consecutive gigs. 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.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Tom Rainey Trio @ The Bridge Hotel. June 11

Tom Rainey (drums), Ingrid Laubrock (tenor saxophone) & Mary Halvorson (guitar)
(Review by Russell).
Jazz North East’s On the Outside strand gave a long-overdue north east of England debut to high profile New Yorker Tom Rainey. A veteran of countless sessions, his appearance at the Bridge Hotel drew a bumper crowd and it was standing room only long before the start of the first set. German born, New York resident, tenor saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock is firmly established on the Big Apple’s Downtown scene. Anthony Braxton alumni are many, and one of the brightest of his shining stars - guitarist Mary Halvorson - formed the third element in Rainey’s trio.
Rainey, quiet if not shy, said they would play two sets. Free jazz, improv, call it what you will, is a strange, mutating beast. Rarely does a performance begin at full throttle, the participants preferring to bide their time, testing the water. Rainey’s trio worked on composed-through structures (one perceptive listener suggested they could have been reading the dots) with break-out free flights. The sleight of hand - seemingly little happening to sudden tumult - is one of the wonders of the music. Tenor Madness was to be expected, shimmering, brushed cymbals, snare and raked wall radiator constituted an in-performance master class and glorious out guitar playing stunned the Newcastle audience. Halvorson has it all. Seated, making full use of her Line 6 unit, she ran the voodoo down; Les Paul, the Duane Twang, Joe Morris logic, John Russell irreverence, Sco and Terraplane Sharp. Prolonged applause said it all. Rainey expressed his thanks for those supporting this music or whatever it is we do. An encore, then it was time to pack-up and grab a chat with our American guests - they liked what they had seen of the city, we liked what we had heard. One of those nights.                   
Russell.

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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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