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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.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

GIJF Day Two - The Spring Quartet. Sage Gateshead April 5

Joe Lovano (saxes); Esperanza Spalding (bs/vcl); Leo Genovese (pno); Jack DeJohnette (dms).
(Review by Lance).
On paper this was it! The session to end all sessions - the Jazz Cup Final. Four superstars on the one stage what could possibly go wrong?
Lovano a great tenor player, DeJohnette a living legend, Genovese an outstanding pianist and Spalding possibly the worlds best known double bassist, the ingredients were all there and yet...
For me it didn't click. Solowise they all excelled from time to time - Genovese in particular had an outing that brought back memories of a gig he did with Michael Janisch at the Lit and Phil a couple of years back. Lovano is undoubtedly a tenor titan but Toussaint left a longer lasting impression with me. DeJohnnette also had a tremendous solo and Spalding proved worthy of her reputation as a class act both bass-wise and in her vocalese excursions so what went wrong?
The material didn't grab me. Sure there was variety a-plenty but somehow it didn't hold me the way it should have done. I'm in the minority here I know but one can only write from a personal point of view. Perhaps if I hadn't heard Jean Touissaint earlier, or the Spring Quartet had been playing in the more intimate confines of Hall Two or I'd backed Balthazar King each way it would have different.
With Touissaint I felt as though I was a part of what was happening, here It was as if I had my nose rubbed up against the windowpane.
Still I have to confess that several hundred others disagreed with me so what do I know?!
Lance.

5 comments :

  1. Agree with you Lance, as did a number of people who left the gig before the end....

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    1. Good review by Lance - it didn't do it for me either. Expectations were high - delivery erratic. How come ?

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  2. I liked them.

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  3. I agree about the Spring Quartet but have always found Neset a more original, exciting and expressive tenorist than Toussaint.

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  4. We wanted to leave after the first two songs, but we were stuck in the middle of Row C and didn't want to inconvenience people. We actually endured an hour of it in the end - and endured is the right word. The people in the row were massively pissed off when we asked them to stand to let us out and we got some filthy, horrible looks. I don't doubt their individual musicianship but the compositions were poor, overpowering and you're right, it just didn't work.

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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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