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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
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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.

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Soundbone @ The Jazz Café. April 1

Chris Grieve (trombone & electronics), Graeme Stephen (guitar & loops) & David Carnegie (drums)
(Review by Russell/photo courtesy of Mike Tilley)
A fleet of trucks, three executive tour buses and a road crew working around the clock to ensure the show would start on time. The band arrived by executive helicopter, a limo on the tarmac to whisk them to the venue. Fans queued around the block, stage door security tight, this promised to be some gig.
And so it was…autumn 1972, Newcastle City Hall, Led Zeppelin. Black Dog, Dazed and Confused, Whole Lotta Love. Fast forward to spring 2016, Zeppelin were in town again at the Jazz Café. This time the boys arrived by car, carried their gear upstairs, soundchecked then went for a pint. Grieve, Stephen and Carnegie are Soundbone.  Soundbone plays Led Zep is the gig. Three jazz musicians playing heavy rock, an unlikely prospect, potentially a horror show. No fear of that. Black Dog, the first tune of the night and, perhaps, the best of the night. Grieve, Stephen and Carnegie are top flight players and this ‘project’ is a fun occasion revisiting the back catalogue of the behemoth that was Led Zeppelin. Zillions of watts condensed; processed via a twenty-first century box of tricks on the floor, the music of Soundbone is a rearrangement of familiar riffs. Drummer David Carnegie, once of this parish, did John Bonham proud on a monstrous Moby Dick. DC arranged Misty Mountain Hop and the trio closed the first set with a sprawling Communication Breakdown.
The trombone, electronics and vocals of unlikely front man Chris Grieve provided a jazz and rock audience – the Led Zep tag an attraction for some – a focal point. Solos, such as they were, traded with the undemonstrative Graeme Stephen. The seated guitarist played another blinder. Seen and heard in various combos – NeWt, Breach and Celtic outfits – a more self-effacing musician you couldn’t wish to meet. This Soundbone gig found him in tremendous form; improviser, rhythm meister, rocking out. Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, the West Coast hippie trailblazer Going to California, the audience knew them all. Chris Grieve detached his clip mic to vocally devour Living Loving Maid (She’s Just a Woman) to end a marvellous evening. The missing Zeppelin fans would have got this – heavy rock reworked (Zeppelin were a blues band in essence), the tunes largely intact, so, what’s not to like? The Soundbone boys are busy people. Their Led Zeppelin set is an oh so rare gig, so, the next time they’re in town, be there.           
Russell.

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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.)
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