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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 Saturday September 23

Scarborough Jazz Festival - Day two of three.
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Evening
Bradley Johnston (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Rockafellas - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
Tobie Carpenter Organ Trio - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £10.
Thin Man + Jon Gordon - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. Free.
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Nikki Iles & Stan Sulzmann - Great Hall, Hexham Abbey, Hexham NE46 3NB. 10pm. £10/£8.
Pat McMahon Trio - Tannery, Gilesgate, Hexham NE46 3QD. 01434 605537. 9pm. Free.
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Thursday, October 17, 2013

CD Review: Chaise Lounge - Dot Dot Dot, Dot Dot Dot, Dot Dot Dot

Charlie Barnett (guitar, piano, tenor banjo); Tommy Barrick (drums); Gary Gregg (tenor sax, clarinet); Joe Jackson (trombone); Marilyn Older (vocals); Pete Ostle (bass)
(Review by Ann Alex)
I enjoyed this CD so much that I played it twice, and no reviewer can give higher praise than that.  And the inserts were a reviewer’s dream – all the song words were supplied, with a short and accurate description of each track, photos of all the musicians, not just the vocalist, and musicians listed as above in an egalitarian way, the drummer not left till last, nor the vocalist mentioned first.  The impression given is one of genuine teamwork.
And the CD is full of jaunty fun, only one sad song, a CD suitable for parties and also for quiet listening.  Indeed many tracks are very danceable too, so I’d recommend this disc to our local Newcastle Swing Dancers.  It includes Let’s Face The Music And Dance, played with a distinct two-beat.  There are 3 other standards; Cool (from West Side Story), Mia Con Me, and Old Man River. Nine tracks are originals with lively, witty lyrics, and there is a short joke track which you can use to check out your stereo! Many of the original songs have a jazzy 1930s feel. To quote from one of the track descriptions for It’s Always You ‘ ...Tommy Barrick’s groove with Pete Ostle is insistent and funky, the horn lines are as hip as can be, and the melody is an ear-worm....’  For an example of amusing lyrics I quote from I Just Want All My Stuff  (a song about divorce) ‘ He hopes that we’ll stay friends/and that we’ll stay in touch/Me? I’m kind of hoping/He gets run down by a bus.”  The title track, Dot Dot Dot, is about a love affair seen as sailing through choppy waters, so morse code is part of the song.  Other song themes include a fantasy about little blue men, loving a man because of his trendy car and complaining about a date who keeps you waiting.  The instrumental of Old Man River is fast with a stunning drum solo.
Chaise Lounge have been together for 12 years, are well known in the USA, and have 6 albums to their credit.  The CD was issued in September on Modern Songbook Records.
Ann Alex

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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.
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