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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.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

CD Review: Gene Ess - Eternal Monomyth

Gene Ess (gtr/comp); Thana Alexa (voice/lyrics); John Escreet (pno); Thomson Kneeland (bs); Clarence Penn (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Tokyo born, Berklee graduate, former musical associate of Rashied Ali, Ess has assembled a worthy crew to perform his well crafted compositions and display his own innovative,  yet tasteful, guitar style (tasteful and innovative don't always work the same street!)
Alexa adds an extra dimension, her voice blending in with the guitar and providing poignant lyrics to a couple of the pieces. She also takes off with some improvising choruses that are too precious to be dismissed as scat!
Escreet, an A-lister from Doncaster now living in Brooklyn, is another fine example of a British pianist making it where it matters and his work here is exceptional. Exploring, swinging, hitting a groove and providing the perfect cushion for Thana Alexa to weave her magical sounds.
Thomson Kneeland, one of those musicians who can adapt to any occasion, must be a first caller in a city that isn't short of hot shot bass players.
And Clarence Penn! Listen to his solo on Into The New World and you know you've got a drummer on your hands. A-lister? Make that A+!
Not certain if this will be my CD of the month but it sure is finishing fast and we're in the final furlong!
Lance.
Gene Ess - Eternal Monomyth is available on SIMP Records.

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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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