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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 Monday September 25

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Classic Swing - Marquis of Granby, Streetgate, Sunniside NE16 5ES. 0191 4880954. 1pm. Free. New mainstream gig w. Bob Wade (trumpet); Olive Rudd (vocal) and other familiar faces.
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Alastair Lord (trumpet) & Kris Thomsett (organ) - St. Nicholas Cathedral, St. Nicholas Square, Newcastle NE1 1PF. 1:05. Free (retiring collection).
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Evening.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, October 02, 2015

CD Review: QCBA - Beauty in Quiet Places.

Quentin Collins (tpt/flg); Brandon Allen (ten'sop); Ross Stanley (B3); Enzo Zirilli (dms).
(Review by Lance).
This is my kind of record! Hardbop but not retro. Music for today steeped in the recent past but also looking towards tomorrow. The two horn frontline backed up by Ross Stanley's B3 and Zirili's drums (a new name to me but on the evidence here it sounds as though he's here to stay!) bring to mind the wonderful, but short lived, Mike Carr Blue Note Band. This has all the punch of that band but with the incorporation of some later innovations.
Not that it's all kickass, the title track is as beautiful as the name implies and should Oscar's Lullaby lull you to sleep I guarantee that the only nightmare you will have is that of missing the remaining tracks which sure as hell ain't lullabies! The mood throughout is that of a band that knows where it's going without straying too far from the straight(ish) and certainly not narrow path of jazz today.
Brandon, as gutsy a tenor as I've heard for awhile and Quentin, a talent in the Clifford Brown twice removed bracket (a compliment by the way!) gell in the way two horns should do. Both guys provided the material and it's not surprising that, because of the empathy in their playing, it's difficult to guess as to who wrote what! I know the info is on the cover but, having only 19.9/19,9 vision, it might as well be written in Bebop!
But this is an album to listen to, to dig, as we used to say when we were 'cool' and high on Coke (Pepsi that is!)
Available now on itunes or ubuntu music. Or from (hopefully) The Last Shop Standing!
YouTube interview.
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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