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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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Thursday September 21

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:oopm. Free.
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Tees Valley Jazzmen - White Horse Hotel, Burtree Lane, Harrowgate Hill, Darlington DL1 3AD. 1:30pm. Free. 01325 463262.

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Evening.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. Free.
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Courtney Pine: Black Notes from the Deep - Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR. 7:30pm. £25.60. 0191 4434661.
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Katie Mac (w. 6 piece band) - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.
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Emma Fisk & James Birkett - St. Cuthbert's Church, Shadforth DH6 1LF. 7:30pm.
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Pocket Jazz Orchestra: Jazz & Tapas - No. 60, Arc, Dovecote St., Stockton TS18 1LL. 7pm. £10.
Tees Hot Club w. Alan Marshall (saxes); Kevin Eland (trumpet); Ted Pearce (keys) - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.01642 678129.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

CD Review: Adam Schroeder - "Let's".

Adam Schroeder (bar); Anthony Wilson (gtr); John Clayton (bs); Jeff Hamilton (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Just in case you'd begun to think, as I had, that Gary Smuylan and Ronnie Cuber were the only living giants of the baritone saxophone playing in the mainstream tradition, along comes this CD by Adam Schroeder that has just knocked me for six. 
A mix of originals (by Schroeder), standards ancient and modern and a couple of jazz repertoire pieces make this a must for baritone players and lovers of jazz without complications.

Duke Pearson's Hello Bright Sunflower, Sam Coslow's In the Middle of a Kiss, Stevie Wonder's You and I, Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams, Thad Jones' Let's and Benny Carter's Southside Samba intermingle with Schroeder's originals which include the intriguingly titled A Hawkeye, A Hoosier and Two Call Cats and an unexplained tribute to Smulyan - The Smulyan Spectacles.
Without doubt Schroeder has "arrived" just as Clark Terry forecast he would when he first heard him - "Check him out! He's bursting on the scene." Or as Clint Eastwood told Adam (obviously in Dirty Harry mode) "Beautiful, beautiful. I love the way you play that cannon!"
Whether standard or original, Schroeder never fails to hit on a meaningful, melodic phrase rather than just running the changes which, of course he is also doing at the same time. However, it must be said that this ability isn't unique to Schroeder. Guitarist Wilson reveals that he too has a bag of tricks to match his leaders melodic awareness. Clayton and Hamilton, away from their big band setting boot things along swinging joyfully making this an album of sheer delight.
Schroeder said that the title of the album "Let's" is about the four of us and, hopefully you too, just having some spirited, jovial and serious fun."
You nailed it!
Adam Schroeder - "Let's". is released by Capri Records on June 17.
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. Thanks for your post and review of the new release Lance! Adam Schroeder

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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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