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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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Thursday, June 04, 2015

CD Review: Terell Stafford - Brotherlee Love.

Terell Stafford (tpt); Tim Warfield (ten); Bruce Barth (pno); Peter Washington (bs); Dana Hall (dms).
(Review by Lance).
I know that June is but yet in its infancy and no doubt there are many more CDs winging their way to BSH HQ but I'll be amazed if any one of them comes within shouting distance of this celebration of Lee Morgan - one of jazz's many cause célèbres. 
Terell Stafford is perfectly equipped to step into Morgan's shoes blowing with the same panache and assurance of the role model albeit with his own slant on the music.
"When you hear these songs where a bar has been set so high, you better just be yourself." So says Stafford and he loses nothing by doing just that.
Ably abetted in the frontline by Warfield who displays all the qualities required in this situation, ie lyricism and gutsy virility, plus telling contributions by Barth; Washington and Hall, Stafford ensures that the music of the era lives on today.
If I use the old expression Cooking  with Gas I can guarantee it will never be more apt - this is Cooking with the most capital of Cs!
Seven of the nine tracks are compositions by Morgan: Hocus Pocus; Mr Kenyatta; Petty Larceny; Yes I Can, No You Can't; Stop Start; Carolyn (lyricism personified) and Speedball.
Stafford provided Favor and the old standard Candy was given a delicate muted treatment.
Terell Stafford - Brotherlee Love will be available on Capri Records from June 16.
The band are playing the Village Vanguard until June 7 if you happen to be in NYC.
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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