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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.

Sunday, November 08, 2015

CD Revview: Vula Viel: Good is Good

Bex Burch – Gyil; Dan Nicholls – Bass synth/keyboards; Dave De Rose – Drums; George Crowley – Sax; Simon Roth – Drums; Stephen Burke – Vibes; Jim Hart – Vibes (Bewa).
(Review by Steve H.) 
Vula Viel means Good is Good in Dagaare this is the language of the Upper West Ghana Tribe where Bex Burch lived and studied for 3 years.  Starting off as an apprentice to the master Gyilist Thomas Segkura and graduating to become a teacher herself after the sad passing of her mentor in 2010.  
The music is based around the Gyil a xylophone type instrument made from sacred iliga wood. The Gyil is used primarily in funerals but the ambiance is anything but melancholy. This album fuses joyously the traditional Dagaare music with contemporary jazz. Bex has joined up with some of the cream of London jazz scene to produce this very fine crossover album  All the tracks have a light uplifting feel to them most  make you want to  just get up and dance. However there is enough going on to keep the listener interested at all times with blend of traditional and modern instruments.  It would be easy to sum up this album by its title Good is Good but I would like to go a stage further and say Good is Good is in fact very good indeed.
Available now on Vula Viel Records WMD1.
Steve

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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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