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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 Saturday September 23

Scarborough Jazz Festival - Day two of three.
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Evening
Bradley Johnston (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Rockafellas - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
Tobie Carpenter Organ Trio - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £10.
Thin Man + Jon Gordon - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. Free.
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Nikki Iles & Stan Sulzmann - Great Hall, Hexham Abbey, Hexham NE46 3NB. 10pm. £10/£8.
Pat McMahon Trio - Tannery, Gilesgate, Hexham NE46 3QD. 01434 605537. 9pm. Free.
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Saturday, February 08, 2014

CD Review: Jason Anick - Tipping Point.

Jason Anick (vln/man); Greg Loughman/Adam Cote (bs); Mike Connors (dms); Jason Yeader/Matt de Champlain (pno); Clay Lyons (alt); Kris Jensen (ten); Lee Dynes (gtr).
Isn't it just like the thing? You wait for ages and three come along at once!
No, for once I'm not talking about the number 27 bus but jazz violinists. I've extolled the violin virtues of Emma Fisk and rated Tim Kliphuis' tribute CD to Stephane Grappelli, then, lo and behold, this one lands in the passage!
Emma and Tim are firmly rooted in the swing era and nobody does it better. Anick, by contrast, is a more contemporary player. Although he throws in Minor Swing, his roots lie in post bop and beyond. His approach is probably nearer Luc-Ponty's and, whilst the Hot Club classic track is ok, I'm sure the other two have a better feel for it. Having said that, ignoring previous versions and judging this on its own merits, it is still an enjoyable track with solos from de Champlain and Cote complementing the leader.
Anick scores via his material which, apart from Minor Swing and that most sumptuous ballad - My One and Only Love (ask one of our correspondents about that tune!) which is exquisite - the album includes tracks by Mobley, Silver and Ornette which, although  saxophone related, are canon fodder for Anick's facile technique..He soars, he floats, he flies; the tipping point is past! And, as if that wasn't enough, he's a pretty nifty mandolin player too!
Jason Anick - Tipping Point. by Magic Fiddle Music is due for release on February 18.
More info.
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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