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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, February 17, 2014

Emcee 5 Remembered by the Safe Sextet @ Bridge Hotel Newcastle

Don Forbes (tpt); Paul Gowland (alt/ten); John Rowland (ten); Dean Stockdale (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Paul Wight (dms).
(Review by Lance/Photo by Ken Drew).
Newcastle's Emcee 5 achieved local acclaim playing late night sessions at the Down Beat Club. National acclaim followed with the release of a critically well received EP and they were given an international seal of approval when no less an authority than Count Basie pronounced them the most swinging group in Europe after members of the Basie Band had sat in at the Down Beat.
The band broke up soon after, each member going on to greater things in London and beyond.
Fast forward 50 years. To the Bridge Hotel and the Safe Sextet.
That the Emcee 5 were remembered was evident by the respectable sized audience. Some of us had been around the first time, others hardly born. One enthusiast had a copy of  an LP belatedly issued in the1980/90's which contained many, if not all, of the pieces played this evening.
Unfair to compare events that take place either end of a half century time-scale other than to say that respect was paid and that the legend wasn't tarnished with this - the first ever? - re-creation. 
Don Forbes today is certainly a more commanding trumpet player than Ian Carr was at that stage of his career although Carr's Milesian muted trumpet which added greatly to the original version of The One That Got Away wasn't utilised tonight. Gowland and Rowland offered contrasting tenor styles with the former also scoring on alto.
Stockdale, Grainger and Wight made for a compatible rhythm section and I think it's safe to say that the original members of the Emcee 5 (only Mike Carr and Gary Cox are still with us) would have approved.
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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