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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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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

As I was saying about Bob Dylan....

(By JC)
While there has been some debate about whether Bob Dylan should feature on BSH it should be noted that, following his two earlier GAS book recordings, he has now released another 30 songs on a 3-CD album called Triplicate. As this has just been released I have not heard it yet but it's on my list (at the moment I am still working my way through last year's release of a 36-CD box set of every concert on Dylan's infamous 1966 world tour!). However, I have read an interview he gave to Bill Flanagan to coincide with the release of Triplicate in which he talks in a very interesting way about why the songs are important to him and why he wants to record them.

He talks about meeting Sinatra and what songs he liked and also what jazz musicians he likes and draws on - Tommy Dorsey, Gene Krupa, Elvin Jones, Artie Shaw and Fats Waller. He also mentions seeing Coltrane at the Village Gate and how Ornette Coleman and himself would go to each other's concerts. When asked about what he listens to late at night Dylan mentions Sarah Vaughan's My Kinda Love and the album she did with Clifford Brown. And I've left out all the references to the folk tradition, blues and rock and roll. Whatever people think of him this is a guy who really listens to other people's music.
For his last question the interviewer asks:

'- From the 20s into the early 50s, the line between blues and pop and country and jazz was very flexible. Robert Johnson, Jimmie Rodgers, Bing Crosby, Ray Charles all tried their hand at everything. Why do fences come up between different styles of American music?'

'- Because of the pressure to conform.'

The interview can be found on Bob Dylan's website - http://bobdylan.com/news/qa-with-bill-flanagan/

JC

1 comment :

  1. I don't think it was that Bob shouldn't be on a jazz site, especially doing versions of the great American songbook, but concern that it had the most hits.
    There's been a discussion this very day whether progressive rock should feature and, while I can't believe I'm agreeing with Steve T, there are far greater parallels between jazz and progressive rock than jazz and Bob, even Bob doing great American songbook.
    Incidentally, Robert Johnson made less than thirty records, all fairly straightforward country blues.
    Bing was a crooner - always and as far as I can tell Jimmie Rodgers made country and western. Ray Charles was a jack of all trades, master of none. As a soul singer he was no James Brown, as a blues artist he was no Muddy, as a rock and roller he was no Elvis, as a jazz artist he was no Miles, as a crooner he was no Sinatra. He may have been good at c+w, I've no idea. Better than Johnny Cash I'll bet. Oops, another sacred nut-roast.

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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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