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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.

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Inclusion Principle @ The Bridge Hotel, Newcastle April 4

Martin Archer reeds, electronics: Hervé Perez reeds, electronics; Peter Fairclough (percussion)
(Review by Steve H/Photo courtesy of Ken Drew)
 The last time Martin Archer was in this room was almost a year and a half ago with the decatet. Engine Room Favourites who performed a wildly entertaining gig. So I was very excited about seeing his band The Inclusion Principle which incidentally is the name given to the mathematical theory that governs the interaction of groups or sets.
On entering the upstairs room I thought I’d arrived for work early as the stage was set up with 2 desks with laptops on. The only give away was that there was set of drums between them and I know my employers aren’t as enlightened as to provide such a wonderful distraction in the workplace. The night got off to a rather subdued start as the 2 programmers conjured up various electronic sounds from their hardware whilst Fairclough accompanied ever so gently. To be honest it sounded a bit like the soundtrack to a science fiction movie only without the pictures. However, this was only a precursor of what was to come as the trio took us on a memorable journey incorporating all genres of music from classical to techno. The electronics on offer allowed us to experience farmyard animals, thundery storms, birdsong, the sound of the jungle, crashing waves etc etc. Added to this were majestic ‘conventional solos’ on alto from Perez and on bass clarinet and soprano from Archer. Meanwhile, Fairclough gave us a masterclass in percussion as the tempos were continually changing. The intensity of the performance got stronger and the band became more and more animated as they appeared to be totally consumed by what they were creating. By the end of the night after what had seemed such an unpromising start I was completely bowled over by the experience and left the building both invigorated and stimulated from what I had seen and heard. All in all, another very fine day at the office.
Steve H

1 comment :

  1. "All in all, another very fine day at the office." Nice review Steve.

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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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