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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 Monday September 25

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Classic Swing - Marquis of Granby, Streetgate, Sunniside NE16 5ES. 0191 4880954. 1pm. Free. New mainstream gig w. Bob Wade (trumpet); Olive Rudd (vocal) and other familiar faces.
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Alastair Lord (trumpet) & Kris Thomsett (organ) - St. Nicholas Cathedral, St. Nicholas Square, Newcastle NE1 1PF. 1:05. Free (retiring collection).
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Evening.
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Monday, July 14, 2014

CD Review: Red Pellini & Emanuele Basentini - "Red" & "Boss" Gang

(Review by Lance.)
Colin, Our Man in Hong Kong, presented me with this superb tribute to Bix recorded by a group of Italian musicians. The tunes may be Bixian but the approach is more of a mid to late thirties Harlem small group which, with hindsight, could well have been a logical progression for Bix had he not died so young.
Sure, they're playing well within the idiom, the difference being these guys have got a rhythm section that swings. Plus the solos are more modern. Not bebop and beyond modern, but late 1930s small group swing - imagine Bix ten years on with say, Chu Berry or Benny Carter and you'll get the idea.
Gravish captures the spirit of Beiderbecke and Pellini, an international authority on Bix, is, even on straight alto, more  inspired by Bob Wilber than Trumbauer. Not surprising as he has recorded, I'm led to believe, with Wilber. Basentini on guitar is perhaps the most modern of them all. His "solo flights" are absolute gems. He's heard all the great swing guitarists - listened and assimilated - and is now very much his own man.
Although the tunes are well known; Fidgety Feet, China Boy, Clarinet Marmalade etc. there is one number, new to me, Blue River. What a lovely, mournful song
This isn't a disc to single out individuals - each and everyone contributes - but special attention should be drawn to Pellini 's arrangements - you can almost taste the bathtub gin!
Recommended - available on Amazon.
Lance.
Red Pellini (straight alto); Emanuele Boss Basentini (guitar); Max D'Avola (tenor); Andy Gravish (trumpet); Paolo Farinelle (alto); Leonardo Borghi (piano); Vincenzo Florio (bass - 3 tracks); Marco Loddo (bass - 3 tracks); Guiseppe Talone (bass - 5 tracks);  Marco Valeri (drums - 3 tracks); Nicola Angelucci (drums - 3 tracks); Roberto Pistolesi (drums - 5 tracks) - special guest Carlo Atti (sax); Greg (vocal on From Monday On.)

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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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