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

Sunday, February 21, 2016

CD Review: Kirk MacDonald - Symmetry

Kirk MacDonald (ten); Tom Harrell (tpt/flug); Brian Dickinson (pno); Neil Swainson (bs); Dennis Mackrel (dms).
(Review by Lance)
Some review copies land on the doormat and are opened with trepidation. A feeling frequently confirmed upon hearing the opening track. Trepidation then gives way to procrastination and I say mañyana which, as we know, never comes in any language.
No such qualms with this one. With Toronto-based MacDonald and multi-award winner of Down Beat polls Tom Harrell in the front line, plus a rhythm section to die for, trepidation slipped from my vocabulary and procrastination only applied to more mundane matters such as eating and fixing the garden fence. Harrell has successfully merged so many aspects of the greats (Hubbard, Morgan, Brown etc) into an amalgam that the end product comes out as pure Harrell. Fluent, lyrical, driving, without histrionics, MacDonald brings to mind the great Blue Note tenormen of the 1950's and 1960's. He blows with a panache that makes me wonder why he hasn't been on my radar until now? Certainly he's won many awards in Canada, led big bands and plays tenor beautifully. He makes every note count.
Neil Swainson, we recall from his work with George Shearing, Brian Dickinson plays fine piano and Mackrel impresses all round but particularly so with the fours at the end of Bop Zone (MacDonald manages to slip in the popular quote How Are Things in Glocca Morra? Shades of Dexter Gordon!
Normally, after playing a review disc it is filed away and frequently forgotten, This won't be forgotten - I'm going to listen to it again, and again, and again. 
A breath of fresh air!
Lance
Kirk MacDonald - Symmetry will be available worldwide on Addo Records on March 4.

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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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