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Bebop Spoken There

Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Sunday April 30

All Day.
Darlington Jazz Festival - details.
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International Jazz Day - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. From 2pm 'til late. Free - details.
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Strictly Smokin' Small Band - Gateshead Beer and Music Festival - Gateshead RFC, Eastwood Gdns., Low Fell NE9 5UB. £12 admission to beer festival. Band play 1:45pm - 2:35pm.
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Afternoon.
Joel Byrne McCullough - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
Evening
Nick Ross Orchestra (Glenn Miller) - Forum Theatre, Queensway, Billingham. 7:30pm. £22 (£20.50 conc.).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

CD Review: Vijay Iyer - Mutations

Vijay Iyer (piano, electronics), Miranda Cuckson (violin), Michi Wiancko (violin), Kyle Armbrust (viola) & Kivie Cahn-Lipman (cello)
(Review by Russell).
Mutations is Vijay Iyer’s first recording as a leader for ECM. The album comprises three pieces for piano and the suite Mutations 1-X scored for piano, electronics and strings. The New Yorker’s jazz affiliations are known to those with an interest in the contemporary American scene, collaborators include Roscoe Mitchell, William Parker, Matana Roberts and John Zorn. Mutations reveals another side to the pianist.
Composing for new music chamber ensembles has led to commissions and performances by the Brentano String Quartet, the American Composers Orchestra and others. Mutations was written and first performed in 2005 and it has taken until now for the work to be documented by ECM. The ten part work is framed by solo piano pieces; the first two - Spellbound and Sacrosanct, Cowrie Shells and the Shimmering Sea and Vuln, Part 2 - open the album and a third and final composition - When We’re Gone - closes the recording. 
At the core of the CD is the Mutations suite. Iyer studied violin for fifteen years and states: The sound of the string quartet has been in my head for as long as I can remember. The string players work to Iyer’s notated instructions, free to interpret sections, to develop and mutate the work. Some of the compositions were written on violin, some at the piano and some on Iyer’s computer. Of the ten compositions it is difficult, if not impossible, to decide which piece was composed on either instrument or device. At times the instrumentation is such that the strings could be a laptop-generated sound, similarly electronic interventions could be the strings.
Subtle manipulation of sound sources infuse Iyer’s canvas; quiet, reflective, occasionally urgent, English pastoral, expansive New World gestures. The album is by no means a jazz recording but for those with open ears rich rewards await.
Vijay Iyer’s Mutations is available now on ECM 376 4798.        
Russell.                  

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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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