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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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Monday, September 01, 2014

CD Review: Klokkeblomst – Romantiker

Anders Banke (Tenor); Peter Danstrup (Acoustic bass guitar); Ander Provis (Drums).
(Review by Steve H.)
This is the Danish trio’s second offering and has so many tracks featuring climatic references that one could be forgiven for thinking that Weather Report would have been a more appropriate title.
Gently the Wind Kisses begins with a fairly sombre saxophone solo from  Banke and the track progresses in fairly minimalist fashion as drums and bass supplement the melancholy tenor. A delicate bass solo leads off By the Gloom of the Blue Lantern and then some very intricate play from the trio provides an almost eastern buzz for the rest of the piece. Where Are You Going Now is altogether more lively with a  bright tenor featuring throughout and relatively lively drum and bass accompaniment.  Come Rain, Comes... has an almost Roland Kirkesque feel to it albeit with a Scandinavian twist. For Now I Am Bright And Breezy begins as its title suggests with a very catchy tenor riff although the mid section Bass solo is anything but. The title track Romanticist is a rather interesting gentle ballad. The penultimate track is one of longest named I have come across The Dane Stands Proud and Firm (Protected From Storm and Rain) which has a tango like military  style rhythm. The album concludes with Tiny Little Soren a fittingly thoughtful finale.
This album is an interesting and enjoyable listen in a typical Nordic jazz kind of way.
Available via Discovery/ILK Records.
Steve H.

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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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