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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 Friday September 22

Scarborough Jazz Festival - Day one of three.
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Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
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Zoe Gilby Quartet - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Kentucky Cowtippers - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
Sean Noonan: Memorable Sticks - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £8/£6.
Backyard Rhythm Orchestra + Monkey Puzzle - o2 Academy, Newcastle. Doors 6:30pm. Curfew 10pm.
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Dave Newton & Dean Stockdale - Traveller's Rest, 2 West Auckland Rd., Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER. 8:30pm. £10.
Smokin' Spitfires - Forum Music Centre, Borough Rd., Darlington DL1 1SG. 7:30pm. £10.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, December 14, 2015

CD Review: Norbert Kogging - Sketches of Ordinary Life

Norbert Kogging  (vcl); Folkert Oosterbeek (pno); Tobias Nijboer (bs); Felix (Schlarmann (dms); Michael Moore (alt/clt).
(Review by Lance).
Released in October, I've struggled to come to terms with this one. Perhaps, having been in a Sinatra frame of mind coupled with the more accessible Danish vocalist Mads Mathias' recent album Free Falling, this album by Dutchman Kogging looked to be a bridge too far, However, I persevered and, gradually, saw the light and I finally found myself actually enjoying it! Not just the vocal or even Michael Moore's pithy solos but, the power of the lyrics.
Having said all that, this is a one to listen to with no preconceived notions. Don't dismiss it after 1/2/3 listenings as I almost did. Dig deep, grab the meanings of the lyrics. Digest, meditate, there's so much profundity here - take my word for it, it simply grows on you. Kogging has the voice to convey the intensity of the lyric. A lyric delivered in a monotone yet never monotonous. Is it Jazz? Is Sinatra Jazz? If the answer is no to both questions, it doesn't matter. they are both as close to the core of jazz singing as some of the acclaimed jazz singers are themselves! Norbert and Frank enter the arena from different doors but there is a middle ground - music!
Available Kogging Records.
Check out on CD Baby.
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. Well now - I think I'd buy this just for the name of the singer - 'Norbert Kogging' has a certain Monty Python ring about it!

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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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