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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.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Rachael Cohen Quartet @ The Bridge, Newcastle Oct. 13










Rachael Cohen (alt); Tom Ford (gtr); Calum Gourlay (bs); James Bashford (dms).
(Review by Lance. Photos by Ken Drew.)
The disappointment guitar buffs may have felt at the replacement of Phil Robson by Tom Ford was swept away within 32 bars! Young Ford is a comer and his solos were as good as anything I've heard from most guitarists lately. Watch out for this guy.Brilliant as Ford was - and he was - nothing could detract from Rachael Cohen's alto playing.
A tone that, even unmiked, is absolutely beautiful. Imagine Johnny Hodges in one of his less effusive moments coupled with say Ernie Watt's contemporary approach and you've got the idea. The gal played an Ornette Coleman number that shred Ornette's wild aggression and made the piece her lyrical own.
Monk's Ask Me Now, reworked as Ask Me Later, was a wing ding! No flurry of fingers covering a paucity of ideas with technique but a genuine exposition of my favourite Monk ballad. Ask Me Now? Ask Me Later? Played like this -  Ask Me Any Time
Calum Gourlay is a bassist to enhance any band and he did just that. James Bashford - what a name for a drummer! He ultimately proved more subtle than his name implied. playing cross rhythms that worked in a contrapuntal manner with what the others were doing - almost like a fugue. He also laid down the beat when needed.
This may have been the shortest ever Splinter gig but, on a quantity/quality ratio, it has to be pretty high on the best gigs list.
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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