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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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Thursday September 21

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:oopm. Free.
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Tees Valley Jazzmen - White Horse Hotel, Burtree Lane, Harrowgate Hill, Darlington DL1 3AD. 1:30pm. Free. 01325 463262.

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Evening.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. Free.
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Courtney Pine: Black Notes from the Deep - Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR. 7:30pm. £25.60. 0191 4434661.
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Katie Mac (w. 6 piece band) - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.
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Emma Fisk & James Birkett - St. Cuthbert's Church, Shadforth DH6 1LF. 7:30pm.
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Pocket Jazz Orchestra: Jazz & Tapas - No. 60, Arc, Dovecote St., Stockton TS18 1LL. 7pm. £10.
Tees Hot Club w. Alan Marshall (saxes); Kevin Eland (trumpet); Ted Pearce (keys) - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.01642 678129.
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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

CD Review: Drifter - Flow.

Alexi Tuomarila (pno); Nicolas Kummert (sax/vcl); Axel Gilain (bass/vcl); Teun Verrbruggen (dms).
(Review by Lance).
A quartet based in Belgium led by a Finnish pianist and an album that is aptly named - Flow! That indeed is what the music does flowing gently although not without an occasional burst of turbulence that threatens to turn the flow into a torrent. It never quite does which is part of the charm; taking you to the brink but staying within the bounds of sanity. 
Kummert has a rich, dry, Getzian sound - so pure I'm not quite certain whether he's playing tenor or alto! Either way it is just perfect for the 'flowing' moods. He also contributes some vocal chants along the way which blend well with the overall soundscape.
Tuomarila is equally inventive both as pianist, composer and arranger. Comparisions have been made with Keith Jarrett's European Quartet and they are valid in fact, upon reflection, I think these guys have edged it.
Tuomarila and Kummert may be co-leaders but Gilain and Verbruggen are no mere hitchhikers but bring their own voice to the party - in the case of Gilain, literally as, like Kummert, he too operates in the words dept. not just chanting but also writing a lyric for the pianists composition Nothing Ever Lasts. Axel composed one piece, Alexi four, Nicolas 3 and Sting's King of Pain was arranged by Alexi. Interesting how more and more of Sting's compositions are becoming part of the jazz canon.
Not a CD to annoy the neighbours with but maybe one to open up their minds!
Lance.
Available now on Edition Records EDN1059.

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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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