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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.

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

CD Review: Naftule’s Dream – Blood

Glen Dickson: clarinet, Gary Bohan: cornet, Michael McLaughlin: accordion, Andrew Stern: guitar, Jim Gray: tuba, Eric Rosenthal: drums
(Review by Steve H.)
Naftule’s Dream evolved out of the Radical Jewish Culture movement of the ‘90s, originally recording on John Zorn’s Tzadik label.
However, this is the first album the band have recorded together since 2002. The music fuses traditional klezmer music with Eastern European folk music, rock and contemporary jazz - a veritable potpourri of styles which somehow seem to blend in with each other to produce a thoroughly interesting and entertaining piece of work. 
The album must have one of the longest opening number titles in music history - Sitting in Some Train Watching the Tuscan Landscape Go Speeding Backward   yet somehow it seems to fit the bill perfectly invoking the feeling of travelling and the journey that awaits us. The title track Blood is inspired by an Isaac Bashevis Singer short story about a kosher butcher who seems to get his lines blurred between carnal desire and the slitting of animal throats. As said above, the music fuses many styles but one constant throughout the album are the marvellous rhythms stamped out by tuba player Jim Gray.  Some tracks have a manic raucous feel to them such as Boss Shabbos and Chasing Ivo Livi whilst others Klez Spiritual and the closing number the dreamy In Search of a Lullaby have a more gentle feel. A fascinating and uplifting album well worth a dance to.
Steve H.

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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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