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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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Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Sleepthief @ Sage Gateshead - April 29

Ingrid Laubrock (saxophones); Liam Noble (piano); Tom Rainey (drums)
(Review by Steve H/Photo courtesy of Ken Drew)
Sage Gateshead was packed last Saturday night although to be honest I think most of the concertgoers had come to see The Royal Northern Sinfonia play ‘Queen’ in Hall 1 rather than Sleepthief in the Northern Rock Foundation Hall. However, those that choose the smaller venue were richly rewarded. This international trio has been playing on and off together since 2007 and it was evident from Saturday night how comfortable they are in one another’s company.

Laubrock, German born, now living in the US, has appeared on Tyneside several times over the past few years but this was the first time the Sleepthief trio had performed in the North East. What a treat it turned out to be - improvisation of the most fascinating nature performed by 3 absolutely wonderful musicians. The nuances and the ebb and flow of the interactions between them was a joy to behold. At times things were relaxed and gentle then spontaneously the band would erupt into an inferno of sound.
Noble played the Steinway both inside and out whilst Laubrock flipped seamlessly form tenor to soprano. Not be outdone Rainey aside from his superlative drumming incorporated everyday objects such as paper bags and a plastic water bottle to add great percussive effect.
We may not have got Bohemian Rhapsody or for that matter even Rhapsody in Blue but wcertainly got a kind of magic.     

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.
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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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