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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 Saturday September 23

Scarborough Jazz Festival - Day two of three.
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Evening
Bradley Johnston (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Rockafellas - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
Tobie Carpenter Organ Trio - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £10.
Thin Man + Jon Gordon - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. Free.
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Nikki Iles & Stan Sulzmann - Great Hall, Hexham Abbey, Hexham NE46 3NB. 10pm. £10/£8.
Pat McMahon Trio - Tannery, Gilesgate, Hexham NE46 3QD. 01434 605537. 9pm. Free.
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Friday, December 04, 2015

Adam Fairhall + Markov Chain @ The Lit and Phil - December 3

Adam Fairhall (piano); Tim Fairhall (bass); Paul Hession (drums)
(Review by Steve H)
Markov Chain-a stochastic model describing a sequence of possible events in which the probability of each event depends only on the state attained in the previous event memorylessness
Those who understand the definition above need read no further because I can't think of a better explanation of what was witnessed on Thursday night. This was free improvisation at its best; the trio creating a mesmerising cacophony of exhilarating combustible mayhem. 
Think flight of the Beeble Bum on acid. Drum maestro Paul Hession really smashing it whilst Tim Fairhall bowed his double bass like a master craftsman. Meanwhile brother Adam held the whole thing together with his mesmeric playing of the piano both inside and out.
The first part of the evening consisted of an astonishing solo performance from Adam Fairhall.  You name the style he played it: classical, free, bebop and particularly enjoyable ragtime all wrapped up within the piece.
A very enjoyable evening which according to Markovian principle may influence the next gig I go to but certainly not the one after that.
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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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.)
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