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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 Tuesday September 26

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Black Bull, 98 Front St., East Boldon NE36 0SG. 1pm. Free. 0191 5365127. 2nd of 6 consecutive gigs. 2 mins from East Boldon metro.
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Evening
Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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Friday, June 06, 2014

Phil Robson Organ Trio @ The Lit and Phil, Newcastle. June 5

Phil Robson (gtr); Ross Stanley (Hammond); Gene Calderazzo (dms).
(Review by Lance/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew.)
This was a blast! Three superb players bringing the organ trio into the 21st century.
Loved every minute of it and yet...
The sound could have been better, I felt that if the trio had set up at the top of the rectangular room rather than on the side the projection would have been greater. Maybe.
Ross Stanley's a superb player but I despaired at seeing the pedal-board semi redundant. Admittedly he played some effective bass lines with his left hand but nothing can compare to an organist dancing on the pedals whilst blowing up a Force 9 on the keys.
Robson was cool and melodic making runs many players could only dream about.
Calderazzo? They don't come any better! Every tub-thumper in town should have been here; worshipping, scrapping for crumbs from the great man's table.
He kicked ass from here to breakfast time!  No chance to coast with this guy around.
I didn't count bums but JNE deserved a bigger turn out for such a quality ensemble.
One day perhaps...
Ken Drew Photos.
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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