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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 Tuesday September 26

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Black Bull, 98 Front St., East Boldon NE36 0SG. 1pm. Free. 0191 5365127. 2nd of 6 consecutive gigs. 2 mins from East Boldon metro.
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Evening
Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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Thursday, September 15, 2016

CD Review: Larry Wilson – No Secrets No Lies

Larry Wilson – Drums, keyboards (various), bass guitar, vocals; Joshua Bowlus – piano, Fender Rhodes; Lawrence Buckner, Mike Perez – bass; Daniel Dickenson, Todd Delgudice, David Stewart, Jesus Rodriguez - saxophones; Ray Callendar – trumpet, flugel horn; Jeremy Sauer – guitars; Cory Wilcox, Bryant Patterson – trombones; Celeste Betton, Akia Uwanda – vocals.
(Review by Hugh).
Larry Wilson spent his formative years in Jacksonville, Florida, launching his musical career, at the age of 3, playing drums in church. After Performing Arts schooling he majored in jazz studies at the Florida State School of Music.  He has subsequently toured both in the USA and abroad and worked with many notable artists or bands in jazz and other genres (at least 28 are listed in the promotional material!).  As well as playing, Larry Wilson is both a producer and musical director and serves in Music Ministry at a church in Jacksonville (under the intriguingly named Bishop John E. Guns).

No Secrets No Lies is promoted as a blend of jazz, fusion, soul and gospel.  I would suggest that it more than adequately fulfils its Mission Statement.  The CD totals an almighty 79 minutes and has thirteen tracks, the majority of which are composed by Larry Wilson.  Other contributors include some of the names in the list of personnel above.  The music has a very likeable groove, as one might expect.  It is not pushing the boundaries of harmony or tonality – just a pleasant sound, mixing both electronic and acoustic instruments – nothing to cause offence.  There is something of the “smooth” or “lounge” jazz feel in parts, this will undoubtedly not appeal to the purist. 
Track Listing:
On the Move,  Ode to Oscar, Little Sunflower, We Found Love, You Seem Familiar, Open Sesame, The Afterglow, The Lord's Prayer, Light, Midnight Oil, Release, See You, Tuti's Jig.
The album, like so many these days, is self-released, and available at http://www.larrymwilsonmusic.com/  As far as I can assess, No Secrets No Lies may currently only be available as a digital download.

Hugh.

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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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