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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, December 06, 2015

CD Review: Luca Stoll Quartet - Mono

Luca Stoll (ten); Clovis Nicolas (bs); Tadataka Unno (pno); Peter Van Nostrand (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Stoll, American saxist (now living in Oxford) recorded this with his fellow Americans in Vevey, Switzerland where the quartet were finishing an 8 night run at La Guinguette - a music bar.
The album was recorded live at the venue using a single mike resulting in a 'good old-fashioned mono sound' hence the title. In fact the sound is indeed what we remember from those pre-stereo days. 
A mix of contemporary compositions by Stoll and some choice standards (Old Folks; Get Out of Town; The End of a Love Affair and How Long Has This Been Going On?) make this an album of many delights. Stoll's dry tone, although the notes quote Hawkins and Webster as influences, brings to mind such as Warne Marsh and Spike Robinson. Probing, explorative, no fastest gun in the west showboating, just the lost art of making every note count. Perhaps even a suggestion of James Moody. However, the name game is irrelevant, Stoll is his own man - particularly on the originals.
Unno  solos well and Van Nostrand kicks and explodes when kicking and explosions are needed as well as being featured on End of a Love Affair but Nicolas suffers from the single mike recording. This reminds me of the old days when we'd listen to bootleg records of Parker or Lester, oblivious to the sound quality, just delighted to hear our heroes in situ. Well this quartet have yet to become heroes but, they're on their way and if they, or Luca, record again under studio conditions then the result could be something special. As it is, it's a good introduction to a player(s) who may well become a major force on the UK scene.
There's an interesting concept to the sequence of tracks inasmuch as, after each one, the key signature is raised by either a fifth or a semitone from the track preceeding - running from G major to C minor. I doubt if the average Joe will notice or appreciate it, this average Joe didn't!
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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