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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 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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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

CD Review: Kevin Coehlo - Turn It Up.

Kevin Coelho (Hammond B3); Derek DiCenzo (gtr); Reggie Jackson (dms).
(Review by Lance)
It's rare for an 18 year old to have his second CD reviewed in as many years on Bebop Spoken Here but, then again, there aren't that many teenagers who can pedal a B3 like this young man does. His début album Funkengruven--the Art of Driving a B3 was a knock-out and, given that he's had another 2 years to absorb the pearls of wisdom from his mentor Tony Monaco, this one is, not surprisingly, a worthy follow-up.
Back in the '50s and '60s every other record seemed to be by someone from the Hammond stable. Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGrith, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Don Patterson and of course Jimmy Smith. Over here, Mike Carr and Alan Haven kept up the pressure. Latterly, in the States, Joey De Francesco keeps the flame burning and, in the UK, Ross Stanley lights a few fires as do local boys Paul Moran and Gerry Richardson.
Coehlo is up there and it wouldn't surprise me to see him chasing De Francesco in the next Down Beat poll!
Turn It Up is aptly titled! It's a disc to be turned up! In a bar or a party this disc would have the room dancing and drinking and having a good time - that's what music like this is all about. I don't recommend it for the car stereo as the blurb suggests - you'd be outside the speed limit before you reached the corner and probably taken a couple of traffic wardens out on the way!
The material is mint! Jimmy Smith's Root Down, Prince's Soft and Wet, Lennon and McCartney's Come Together - those last two titles! War's The World is a Ghetto. There's a couple of versions of the latter as there is of When Johnny Comes Marching Home.Don't mock y'all, WJCMH is one of the best grooves on the album!
Finally, Georgia on my Mind provides the laid back mood that you need at a party from time to time. I think Hoagy would have liked this one, in fact you can almost hear his laconic vocal above it all.
DiCenzo and Jackson are, once again, the perfect team. The guitar solos are just so right for what Coehlo lays down and in Jackson he's got the most sympathetic ear he'll ever find for this set-up.
If you're into B3 this is for you. If you're not, or rather thought you weren't, it's still for you - because you will be - trust me!
The downside? Kevin Coehlo puts bass players out of work!
I wonder if I can get these guys a gig at Hoochie - it's only a few thousand miles away?
The Cd Kevin Coehlo - Turn It Up. is available on Chicken Coup CCP7018.
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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