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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 14, 2016

CD Review: Tord Gustavsen - What was said.

Tord Gustavsen Piano, Simin Tander Vocal,  Jarle Vespestad Drums
(Review by Steve H)
Well this is Nordic jazz with a twist. Gustavsen teams up with long-time collaborator drummer Jarl Vespestad and Afghan-German vocalist Simin Tander.  The core of this album is traditional Norwegian hymns but translated into Pashto. The process of which, according to Gustavsen, has given the music a far more multi faith and spiritual feel than the originals which to him are his ‘standards’.
An English version of Beat poet Kenneth Rexroth’s I Refuse is quite stirring. There are also English versions of the verse of Sufi mystic Jalal al_Din Rumi. As a third strand to this album there are several instrumental only pieces which have a far more familiar jazz feel to them.
This music is as far away from the jazz that evolved out of New Orleans as the Mississippi Delta is to the Norwegian fjords.
The combination of Tander’s haunting vocals juxtaposed with Gustavsen’s delicate piano and Vespestad sympathetic drums make this a gentle, and contemplative experience. Whatever your personal faith happens to be either spiritually or musically there is enough on offer to make this a thoroughly worthwhile listen.
As Rumi wrote in the Middle Ages ‘This love we feel pours through us like a giveaway song. The source of now is here.’
Steve
Tord Gustavsen - What was said. is currently available on ECM  475 8697.

4 comments :

  1. Erm, not sure if it should be 'Tinder's haunting vocals'. Doubtless appening.

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  2. ...the singer's name is spelt in three different ways.

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  3. Ah! I think we've nailed it this time - difficult finding staff who speak Norwegian! Appreciate your observation Mr ?

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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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