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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, September 14, 2014

Blue-Eyed Hawk @ Kings Place Sept. 13

Lauren Kinsella (voice), Alex Roth (guitar, effects, synth, voice), Laura Jurd (trumpet, synth, voice), Corrie Dick (drums, percussion, harmonium, piano, voice).
When my review copy of Blue-Eyed Hawk's Under the Moon dropped through the letter box I took one look and promptly despatched it off to one of our other reviewers deciding that this wasn't for me.
I was wrong!
Boy was I wrong!
Last night, hearing the band live, I regretted my impetuousness for this was indeed something special. In his review Hugh remarks on their cross genre approach which they certainly have. Eon, a genial, curling, golfing, bass playing chap frae Edinburgh sitting next to me, commented on the variety of music served up and it truly was very much a pot-pourri but not, I hasten to add, a mish mash!
All four players provided the material and I think we can even include Over the Rainbow - referred to here as Somewhere - as an original. Harold Arlen had little to do with this version apart from the additional sound effects as he turned over in his grave! Quite an amazing version.
Kinsella's intonation is spot on, her wordless phrases worthy of Norma Winstone or the early Cleo Laine. Living in the Fast Lane was frantic and lived up to the title. Jurd and Kinsella had some duo moments that were an absolute knock out, as was Corrie Dick's fiery drumming.
There was also delicate guitar chording from Roth as well as no holds barred thrashes.
Surprisingly, one of the most effective numbers was the finale - Valediction. A tender, emotional piece that tore at my inner soul.
Blue-Eyed Hawk appear at Splinter's October 5 session at The Bridge Hotel, Newcastle.
Miss it at your peril!
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. Interesting piece, Lance - I did wonder what you'd make of them if you heard them.

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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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