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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. New residency 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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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Paul Edis Sextet @ Jazz Theatre, Ushaw Jazz Festival, Durham, Aug 25.

Paul Edis (piano), Graham Hardy (trumpet), Danny Barley (trombone), Graeme Wilson (saxophone, flute), Mick Shoulder (bass), Adam Sinclair (drums).
(Review by Steve T/Photo courtesy of Russell.)
I don't speak for Paul but I'm guessing, of all the bands he plays in, this is his flagship, so, appropriate for it to headline the first night.
A new selection taken from their two albums, both essential for anyone who follows north east jazz, with one track from Graeme Wilson’s Quartet album which is every bit as compelling.
They started with Administrate This, especially for anyone who's had an unpleasant experience with a parking ticket or something similar, which must be all of us.
I Wish I Was a Monk was appropriate for the setting, and, given that it’s Thelonious' centenary year, found Adam Sinclair doing some tricky syncopated drumming that I'm sure Monk would have approved of. We don't see enough of Adam these days but he's launching his very own trio, so something to look forward to there.
It's Been, it's Gone is a saying from mother Edis, but is for all the sayings of all our mothers everywhere.
Madeira is inspired by a winding road discovered on the Portuguese island and had the Wilson Graeme switching to flute and the Hardy Graham playing muted.
Cluster Fluster takes the Fender Rhodes sound of early jazz-rock Miles as a reference point, back to when he [Miles] had Hancock, Corea, Zawinul and Jarrett, not because he needed four keyboardists, but so no one else could have them.
Elegy is a lovely ballad with a tastefully programmed and delivered bass solo, and that from someone [me] who gets frustrated with bass solos for the sake of it.
The final piece was Brand New Mountain from Wilson, and we learned that it formed in Japan, but we need to go and see them again to find out how and why. Solos from sax, trombone from Danny Barley, at all of twenty-two, doing a splendid job depping for Chris Hibbard, piano featuring, if I'm not mistaken, a thinly veiled reference to A Love Supreme, and a concise and perfectly formed drum solo.
Lance highlighted this type of thing when he reviewed their last Caff gig, that you only get a bass solo when it's exactly what's required and you don't get unnecessarily long drum solos.
The Sextet are spread from Darlo to Edinburgh and they're all very busy, but a trilogy would be nice Paul, when you're ready. This is still one of the powerhouses of British jazz; classic and forward looking at the same time, and performed with taste and class, with a frontman growing in stature with every performance.
Steve T.

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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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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