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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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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, February 29, 2016

CD Review: Andy Schumm & Enrico Tomasso - When LOUIS met BIX

(Review by Lance).
What enables Mike Durham's Classic Jazz Party to stand apart, and in many cases, above the rest, is the theming of each set. No easy task when programming 3 days of sessions that vary from 25 to 50 minutes. Incredibly, each year they manage it and this delightful disc a typical example of one of those imaginative scenarios.
Did Louis and Bix ever jam together? And if they did was it at the Sunset Café in Chicago or the Savoy Ballroom? All part of jazz folklore...
The above ensemble, drawn from the 2015 Jazz Party performers, got together in a studio across the river in South Shields to create this summit meeting.
Schumm as Bix and Tomasso as Louis are as natural for the roles as Olivier and Gielgud were for Hamlet and King Lear.
Nor are the supporting cast mere extras but star players in their own right. Seuffert, Allan, Larsen, Spats, Sked and Nick had appeared in a variety of guises over the Jazz Party weekend and they do the business here.
Once again Lake Records have come up trumps.
Ol' Man River; Milenberg Joys; Chloe; Mandy Make Up Your Mind; Who's It; Put 'Em Down Blues; Whispering; Manhattan; Skid-Dat-De-Dat; Bessie Couldn't Help It; Come On And Stomp, Stomp, Stomp; My Melancholy Baby; When She Came to Me; I'm Just Wild About Harry; The Baltimore.
Lance.
Andy "Bix" Schumm (cor); Enrico "Louis" Tomasso (tpt); Matthias Seurffert (clt/alt/ten); Alistair Allan (tmb); Morten Gunnar Larsen (pno); Thomas 'Spats' Langham (bjo/gtr); Malcolm Sked (bs); Nicholas D. Ball (dms).

2 comments :

  1. It's a great review, Lance ...... can I just point out that the sets at the Jazz Party are mostly 50 mins, with the shorter ones at 25 mins! See for full details.

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  2. Correction made - I must get a new watch!

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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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