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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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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

CD Review: ReDiviDeR - Meets I Dig Monk Tuned

Matthew Jacobson: drums, Nick Roth: alto saxophone; Colm O’Hara: trombone; Derek Whyte: electric bass: Ben Davis: cello (4); Kit Downes: keyboards (1, 5); Alex Roth: electric guitar: (6); Alex Bonny: trumpet, electronics (3).
(Review by Veets)
Well this one will certainly have those poor unfortunate creatures fleeing the pet shop before the blaze has hardly got under-way.  Although inspired by amongst others  Thelonious Monk and Charlie Mingus,  The I Dig Monk Tuned  is an anagram United Kingdom .This Irish palindromically named quartet  led by drummer composer Matthew Jacobson  is supplemented by  the addition  of some of the UK’s  rising star musicians.
 Each track being composed specifically for the individual guest (the ‘Meets’ of the title).  The album kicks off with Twin Kodes with Kit Downes  on Rhodes and with a lovely trombone solo from O’Hara. This is followed by a brief interlude of what appears to be  chat and drums before Animal Code begins  in a misleadingly soft manner   escalating into squeaking squawking mayhem with the help of  Alex Bonney on trumpet and electronics. This is pretty free stuff .  Bin Saved  features   Ben Davis on cello and this  has an almost classical Bartokian feel  as Bass and Cello combine elegantly. However the rest of the band soon join in to provide a bit of ‘attitude’  before a mellow trombone plays the track out. Another ‘chatty’ interlude follows leading us to Alex Roth’s guitar contribution on Velvet Pouch a lively rocky number. Finally,  May I Agree closes the album with more mellow trombone work before the ensemble joins in for the finale.
This an interesting album but not for those fearful of the fanned flames of free jazz .  it also gives the listener the opportunity to make one’s own anagrams from United Kingdom – I came up with ‘Due Kind Timing ’ and  ‘Gin Mend Kit Duo’  what about you ?
Steve.


2 comments :

  1. DIG MUD INK TONE - meaning Think deep to compose quality tunes.

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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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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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