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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.

Friday, April 22, 2016

CD/Download Review: Paul Taylor - Cusps.

Paul Taylor (pno).
(Review by Lance).
An original voice both as a composer and pianist. Those who caught Taylor's solo set on the Concourse at last week's GIJF will want to hear his subtle, deep, meaningful explorations away from the sometimes extraneous and disturbing sounds that a solo pianist is subjected to in such a setting. 
No such problem here, in your den! Taylor demands and gets the listener's undivided attention. Quite an amazing and creative player, he appears to stride the genres. 
If he wore tails and had a lady by his side turning the pages he'd be a classical pianist. No page-turner so he's a jazz pianist or maybe even a jazzical pianist, certainly an improviser who recognises the values of lyricism and harmony. It doesn't matter how you categorise him, listening to this delightful album it's irrelevant. If you're into Chopin, Liszt or Keith Jarrett, you'll also be into Paul Taylor and just in case you think Paul is some aloof, ivory tower, composer - catch him with his brother's band - Simon Taylor and the Sundowners! 
Lance

1 comment :

  1. Paul Taylor is next playing solo at the Globe Jazz co-op for Koan 3 on friday the 24th of June 7.30 start The event is at The Globe (Jazz Co-op), 11 Railway St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 7AD, Doors open 7pm, £5/£4 . Also on the same bill Hapsburgh Braganza, Jewel and Zassso Fukei

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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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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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