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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.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

CD Review: Yvonnick Prene - Wonderful World

Yvonnick Prene (hca); Scott Tixier (vln); Michael Valeanu (gtr); Lorin Cohen or Eric Wheeler (bs); + (Strollin')Michael King (pno);  Jay Sawyer (dms).
(Review by Lance)
Hot Club music has always held a high place in my affections. Whether it be the original Grappelli/Django recordings or more recent incarnations such as our local heroes Djangologie (Cherry Tree, Jesmond, Monday March 31) or the London based Man Overboard (Omnibus, Clapham March 23) I'm invariably hooked by the aroma of Gauloise, Gitanes and Croix Monsieur evoked by the music.
Padam Swing may be Brooklyn based but their spiritual home is in Pigalle or Montmartre although with a more contemporary feel via material that ranges from tunes by Johnny Green (Coquette), Horace Silver's Strollin', the only Django piece - Troublant Bolero - Rollins' Pent Up House, Mingus' Duke Ellington's Sound of Love to Shape of my Heart by Sting. Throw in All of Me, Desofinado, What a Wonderful World and a couple of originals by Prene and you have a repertoire more diverse than most combos of this ilk.
Prene proves to be a facile harmonica player soloing and taking the lead on most numbers (didn't Larry Adler record with the Quintette du Hot Club de France?) easily slotting in with Tixier's jazz violin. With only the one  guitar and a double bass in the rhythm section it's a lighter, swingier feel than you get from the more orthodox Hot Club line-ups and goes a long way to enable Padam Swing to play such numbers as Sonny Rollins' Pent Up House
Any disappointments?
Only one. When I noted the title of the CD - Wonderful World - I'd hoped it was going to be the Harold Adamson/Jan Savitt It's a Wonderful World rather than the lachrymose, flogged to death, What a Wonderful World (Sorry Louis - we still love you!)
Still, 10 out of 11 ain't bad. Recommended.
Yvonnick Prene - Wonderful World is now available - check out.
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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