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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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Thursday, October 24, 2013

CD Review: Jonathan Silk Big Band with Percy Pursglove - Uncouth.

Percy Pursglove, Matt Gough, Mike Adlington (tpt/flg); Nick Dunham, Sam Wooster (tpt); Kieran McLeod, Richard Foote, Rob Anstey, Tom Dunnett (tmb);  Mike Fletcher (alt/fl); Chris Maddock (alt/sop); John Fleming, Joe Wright (ten); Colin Mills (bar/bs clt.); Andy Bunting (pno); Tobie Carpenter (gtr); Nick Jurd (bs); Jonathan Silk (dms/comp/arr).
This is not your average 16 (or in this case 17) men swinging style big band  but rather a contemporary orchestra. At times, it's a thoughtful, contemplative ensemble. Featuring Percy Pursglove on trumpet and flugel it's difficult not to think of those Miles Davis/Gil Evans' collaborations or maybe Kenny Wheeler or Mike Gibbs. Rich textured harmonies behind Pursglove's cool statements and his puck-like agility on the faster numbers bring those illustrious grandmasters to mind.
Not that this is a turgid affair - far from it. The arrangements and compositions, all by Silk bar Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most, are imaginative and because of their infinite variety never allow the interest to flag. Plus, apart from Pursglove, there is still plenty solo space for others. Mills' baritone swings out on JWTS and, on the same number, Joe Wright's tenor ventures into territory well north of Sopranoland.  . Adlington, McLeod, Foote, Fletcher, Maddock, Bunting and Carpenter also have extended solos during which Pursglove slips in unnoticed only to ultimately emerge with head unbowed.
Oh yes, in case I forget, leader Silk is always in the driving seat whether at the kit or leading the band through the complexities of his arrangements. This Silk Purs(e)glove combination wasn't derived from a sow's ear but from a highly tuned pair of musically perceptive "shells".
To check out samples or downloads of Jonathan Silk Big Band with Percy Pursglove - Uncouth click here.
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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