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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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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, February 06, 2015

Graeme Wilson Quartet @ The King’s Hall, Newcastle University. Feb 5

Graeme Wilson (tenor saxophone), Paul Edis (piano), Andy Champion (double bass) & Adam Sinclair (drums).
(Review by Russell).
A one hour lunchtime set in the King’s Hall from one of the best working units in jazz today, the Graeme Wilson Quartet presented material familiar to many of the quartet’s supporters, and those new to it became instant fans of the music and the musicians. An attentive, near-capacity audience heard six of Wilson’s compositions performed with a rare level of empathy – the result of many a gig together on Tyneside and beyond.
Street of Furs and Pleaseureland – one upbeat, the other mellow – served to illustrate a creative mind at work; Wilson’s instantly recognisable sound heard across a breadth of material. The ballad The Sycamore (one of several Wilson compositions written for and performed by John Warren’s Splinter Group and/or Voice of the North Jazz Orchestra) perhaps took the honours today. The King’s Hall isn’t best suited to drummers (jazz or any other form) and the brilliant Adam Sinclair was heard to best effect using brushes on the ballad. That said, the closing number – Honolulus – despatched any acoustic issues with the most breathtaking, break-neck virtuosity from the Graeme Wilson Quartet.                   
Russell.

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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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