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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 Sunday September 24

Scarborough Jazz Festival - Day three of three.
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Afternoon.
More Jam - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
Ian Harrington (solo piano) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
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Mick Shoulder's Swing Manouche - Claypath Delicatessen, Durham DH1 1QS. 0191 3407209. 4pm. £5.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's, 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Blues Jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Jazz Tones - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm. £4.
Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.
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Evening
The Blueswater - Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle NE1 2PQ 0191 2304474
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Chris Martin - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

CD Review: Matt Ridley Trio - Thymos.

Matt Ridley (bs); John Turville (pno); George Hart (dms) + Jason Yarde (alt/sop); Attab Haddad (oud); Vasilis Sirikis (perc).
Released yesterday (October 14), Thymos is an ambitious undertaking by bassist Ridley, an album blurring the line between genres, fusing the modal and rhythmic elements of Middle-Eastern music with the harmonic complexities of jazz. So the notes tell me and I think they're right.
Turville has talent a plenty to deal with most things and he does so admirably. Leader, composer, arranger Ridley is at the epicentre laying down the harmonic base (not a typo). His soloing is impressive too utilising the whole of the scale length to produce imaginative improvisations. Drummer Hart on some tracks is mega busy (not a crit, it's what the mood demands!) He  is also sensitive and sympathetic on an introspective number such as The River.
Homage to Kenny Wheeler has Yarde in scintillating form soaring like, dare I say it? - a Yardebird!
The Eastern influence is pronounced in the traditional Sari Gelin (arranged Ridley) that has Yarde on soprano wailing over the Haddad's oud and Sirikis' additional percussion. A compelling track that completely captures the flavour Ridley was looking for. (Rooney's just scored for England and Turville has also scored on the title track!)
Hijaz brings back Yarde, Haddad and Sirikis for more eastern excitement - belly dancers and snake charmers will like this disc as will those in less exotic occupations such as jazz bloggers. Hang on, I must retract my previous statement - any belly dancer shaking her bits to this could end up without any bits! As for the poor snake the RSPCR would surely have to be called in. However, us jazz bloggers are made of sterner stuff and we will be booking our next holiday in Istanbul or Cairo and inviting the trio plus guests to join us!
Matt Ridley Trio - Thymos. is available on Whirlwind Recordings WR4643.
Also live at Maltings Theatre Berwick-upon-Tweed with Jason Yarde. (November 20).
Lance.
PS: We're going via Brazil!

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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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