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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.

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

CD Review: Brass Mask - Spy Boy.

Tom Challenger, George Crowley, Dan Nicholls (reeds); Rory Simmons, Alex Bonney (tpt); Nathaniel Cross (tmb); Theon Cross (tuba); John Blease (perc.).
(Review by Lance)
Seven horns and percussion make this octet slightly different to other similar ensembles inasmuch as the saxes double on clarinets and Nicholls does likewise on bass clarinet.. The blurb says they're heavily influenced by the legendary Mardi Gras Indians - the flamboyant African American street bands of the New Orleans Carnival.
More than likely. There is a large jazz content in both the solos and the improvisatory nature of some of the ensembles where the horns shoot off in several directions over pulsating rhythms. If each of the players was a ball of wool the end result would be a magnificent coat of many colours in the eyes of some, and. a tangled tea cosy gone wrong in the eyes of others!
All but three of the compositions are by Challenger and they do indeed challenge the listener and the performer. However, it is a worthwhile challenge, it's one of those albums that creep up on you so that you seem to enjoy each track a little more than the one before and, by the end you're thinking that that was a cracking disc after all. Playing it a second time, earlier misconceptions are abandoned, you throw out the tea cosy and prance around the room in your coat of many colours.
Brass Mask - Spy Boy is released by  Babel catalogue number BDV13121 on October 14.
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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