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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 Saturday September 23

Scarborough Jazz Festival - Day two of three.
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Evening
Bradley Johnston (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Rockafellas - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
Tobie Carpenter Organ Trio - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £10.
Thin Man + Jon Gordon - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. Free.
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Nikki Iles & Stan Sulzmann - Great Hall, Hexham Abbey, Hexham NE46 3NB. 10pm. £10/£8.
Pat McMahon Trio - Tannery, Gilesgate, Hexham NE46 3QD. 01434 605537. 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, January 21, 2017

Triggerlawross @ The Jazz Café. Jan 20 - and a wedding...

Alan Law (piano), Katy Trigger (bass) & Matti Ross (drums)
A third successive Friday evening gig at Newcastle’s Jazz Café to attract an attentive full house.  The trio’s name suggests a lumbering beast, perhaps grazing on swampland vegetation, a king beast ruling the primordial roost. Triggerlawross is/are pianist Alan Law, eschewing the upright, favouring his keyboard, face-on to in-the-pocket bassist Katy Trigger and tight-ass drummer Matti Ross.
Several musicians were in the house checking out this developing project. Original material – the names of which seemingly of little importance to the trio – focused upon the groove. A constantly changing soundscape, eye contact determining a change in tempi, Trigger laying down killer riffs, Ross inventing patterns, discarding one for another, then another, Law finding choice chords and taking off on improvisatory flights…this Triggerlawross could fly!
Eons in the making, this Triggerlawross grooves to a Latin, Dr Billy Taylor soul-jazz beat, drum ‘n’ bass incursions/excursions and left field keyboard impressionism. It’s a shy beast, doing its thing, perhaps it will venture further afield. It isn’t every day you see a Triggerlawross – if and when this protected species appears next make sure you get to see and hear it.
Russell.    
(Editor; The photo has nothing to do with the gig and, yet, it has everything to do with it! Dave Carke and his longtime partner Pam Young decided to make January 20  the most important day of their lives - as did other people, elsewhere. Yes, they decided to tie the knot. Marry in haste, repent at leisure was obviously not one of their maxims.
What has this to do with the gig? Well, apart from choosing the flowers and booking the venue for the nuptials, they, Dave being gig programmer at The Caff, also had to organise a band for the regular Friday night session.  
From Russell's review, it seems as though that one worked and judging by the smiling faces on the photo, that  one was good too. We wish them well.
Meanwhile, over in Washington DC...
Lance.)                   

2 comments :

  1. Did you ever work out what the conceptual theme was Russell?

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  2. I wasn't party to the 'conceptual' debate, although I did hear the comment 'I've never liked that f******* s***'. A man with a well tuned jazz ear, me thinks!

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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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