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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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Sunday, July 12, 2015

CD Review: Rebecca Kilgore Trio - Just Imagine.

Rebecca Kilgore (vcl/gtr); Dan Barrett (tmb/pno); Paolo Alderighi (pno).
(Review by Lance).
This is just about as close to perfection as you can get, that is, if your tastes run to exquisite vocals, smooth trombone work (rather like what Big T would have sounded like if he'd been still with us), mid period piano playing and a choice of unhackneyed material (Cry Me a River the exception but even that sounds as fresh as the first time around). In short, a 5 star album if ever there was!
Barrett has that beautiful sound so beloved of such musical sliders as Urbie Green, Carl Fontana and, of course, the aforementioned Teagarden absolutely and totally lyrical - albeit with some Tricky Sam plunger work and a bit of Vic Dickenson along the way.
Alderighi, a young Italian who Kilgore met on a jazz cruise, is so harmonically sound you wonder how anyone could select alternative chords! I think Joe Bushkin, who wrote the opening track, would have approved - there's also a little bit of Garner around the edges.
And Rebecca, a voice as cool and as welcome as a Pimm's No. 1 when basking in the shade on a warm day. The timbre of the voice, the pitching and the way she handles a lyric bears comparision with any of her contemporaries. 
Oh Look at me Now; Daddy Won't you Please Come Home; Just a Little Bit South of North Carolina; Song of the Blues; Seventh Avenue; Just Imagine; Lucky Day; Almost in Your Arms; I'm in a Low Down Groove; I'm Rhythm Crazy Now; Three Coins in the Fountain (piano solo); Cry Me a River; Serenade to Sweden (instrumental); Soft Winds; Misery and the Blues (two pianos).  At least half of the tunes were new to me - but not for long. By the time I've worn this disc out I'll know them better than Stardust!
Michael Steinman of Jazz Lives, who wrote the notes summed it up...
"These sessions produced lasting music, the rare kind that emerges from a devotion to the art. What a gift to us all!"
Amen!
Lance.
Available on Blue Swing Records BSR014.

2 comments :

  1. I'll be buying this CD. Rebecca Kilgore has made some of my favourite CDs in my collection - those ones you play over and over and never get tired of. 'Remembering Maxine' (Sullivan) for example, with the absolutely delightful Bobby Gordon Trio or 'I saw stars' with Dan Barrett's Celestial Six (with wonderful rhythm guitar from Bucky Pizzarelli. She is a truly great interpreter of the repertoire we all love - one of the best of all time I think. Pianist Paolo is here with NCRO at Caedmon Hall shortly. Roly

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  2. Well spotted re Paolo - see left hand column - July 26.

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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.
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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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