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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 Saturday September 23

Scarborough Jazz Festival - Day two of three.
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Evening
Bradley Johnston (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Rockafellas - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
Tobie Carpenter Organ Trio - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £10.
Thin Man + Jon Gordon - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. Free.
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Nikki Iles & Stan Sulzmann - Great Hall, Hexham Abbey, Hexham NE46 3NB. 10pm. £10/£8.
Pat McMahon Trio - Tannery, Gilesgate, Hexham NE46 3QD. 01434 605537. 9pm. Free.
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

CD Review:Miguel Zenón - Identities Are Interchangeable.

Miguel Zenón Quartet: Zenón (alt); Luis Perdomo (pno); Hans Glawischnig (bs); Henry Cole (dms).
Identities Big Band: As above + Will Vinson, Michael Thomas (alt); Samir Zarif, John Ellis (ten); Chris Cheek (bar); Mat Jodrel, Michael Rodriguez, Alex Norris, Jonathon Powell (tpt); Ryan Keberle, Alan Ferber, Tim Albright (tmb).
(Review by Lance).
To say this is an unusual record is perhaps an understatement - it's unique! It's also compelling and absolutely brilliant. So if I, as a born and bred Englishman, like it, imagine how I'd feel if I was a Puerto Rican living in New York!
Zenón - four times winner of DB's Critics' Poll in the Rising Star Alto Sax Category (how many wins does it take to graduate from the Rising Star Category?!) - is well worthy of such acclaim. On the strength of this CD we can add composer, and not just as a rising star!
It's a concept album - just about every one is these days - but this is a concept's concept!
As well as his deep involvement with music, Zenón's native culture is also very much one of his driving forces, hence this album. The Puerto Rican born leader posed a question to his friends - a question he'd been asking of himself - "What does it mean to be Puerto Rican in 21st century NYC?"
Interspersed with the music, are answers from interviews with various New Yorkers of PR descent. 
Speech as music is one of the descriptions used and it is apt. The words blend naturally into the musical surrounds and the result is a marvellous kaleidoscope of tonal colours, cross rhythms - neither totally jazz nor totally Latin - but a wonderful hybrid of the two with a symphonic feeling too, as befits a six movement opus.
Apart from Zenón, whose playing has risen far beyond the Rising Cat, John Ellis blows great tenor on Same Flight, Tim Albright (trombone) hits the spot on First Language (Spanish or English?) and overall the band and the quartet do the music justice.
The quartet tour Europe next February taking in Holland (2), Switzerland (2), France (2), Italy (2) and Germany (3) - mmm... seems there's a country missing here and I don't mean Belgium or, even more surprisingly, Spain!
Miguel Zenón  - Identities Are Interchangeable is due for release on November 4.
Visit www.miguelzenon.com.
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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