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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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Monday, May 01, 2017

CD Review: Chris Potter - The Dreamer is the Dream.

Chris Potter (tenor/soprano/clarinet/bs. clarinet/flute etc.); David Virelles (piano/celeste); Joe Martin (bass); Marcus Gilmore (drums/percussion)
(Review by Lance).
I usually treat ECM releases the way I do when an election leaflet comes through the door - I know that, whoever the artist or the party is, it ain't going to change my life.
The CDs I'm usually able to find a home for with some of my more liberally minded colleagues. Re the election leaflets - does the paper have to be so shiny?
However, there are times when one has to do a rethink. This Chris Potter CD is one that makes me realise that ECM isn't always left of field. In fact, if Tony Blair were a jazz musician this might be about where he'd be - no, Potter doesn't deserve that analogy!

Potter is a reedman who probes, searches, discovers and unleashes. Unleashes sax solos that swing in a contemporary manner. Forward looking, never dated - jazz for today with the use of samples and things that hint towards tomorrow.
Perhaps the most inventive, progressive, saxman playing today and doing it with a tenuous thread to the past.
Piano, bass and drums travel the same road with some interesting diversions by Virelles - maybe he called in at Jarrettville?
Lance.

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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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