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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. Doors 7pm. £7.
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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, March 25, 2014

CD Review: Tommy Smith & Brian Kellock - Whispering of the Stars

Tommy Smith (ten); Brian Kellock (pno).
Brian Kellock and Tommy Smith - a musical marriage made in Heaven or at least in Bonnie Scotland. Don't expect any boundary stretching or explorations of the unknown. Instead, wallow in the artistry of two master craftsmen treating the familiar in an unfamiliar(ish) way.
Smith has possibly the purist saxophone sound since Stan Getz whilst Kellock is the grandmaster at choosing the perfect substitution in accompaniment and soling with a flowing lilt that more than makes up for the lack of bass and drums.
This is Chamber Music, Late Night Jazz, Get Him/Her in the mood music. An absolute delight. 
You Must Believe in Spring; Stardust; It Could Happen to You; Taking a Chance on Love; Warm Valley; The Summer Knows; Moonlight Serenade; When You Wish Upon a Star; You've Changed; I'm in the Mood For Love; I Apologise and a Ballad Medley - In a Sentimental Mood; The Peacocks; Sophisticated Lady; A Flower is a Lovesome Thing; Moonlight in Vermont; Pure Imagination; Over the Rainbow; Come Sunday; 'Round Midnight; Without a Song; Alfie
Has there ever been a better selection of music to seduce by?
Tommy Smith & Brian Kellock: Whispering of the Stars - Release date April 7. Spartacus Records.
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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