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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 Monday September 25

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Classic Swing - Marquis of Granby, Streetgate, Sunniside NE16 5ES. 0191 4880954. 1pm. Free. New mainstream gig w. Bob Wade (trumpet); Olive Rudd (vocal) and other familiar faces.
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Alastair Lord (trumpet) & Kris Thomsett (organ) - St. Nicholas Cathedral, St. Nicholas Square, Newcastle NE1 1PF. 1:05. Free (retiring collection).
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Evening.
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Saturday, October 10, 2015

CD Review: Lisa Bassenge - Canyon Songs

Lisa Bassenge (vcl); Till Brönner (tpt); Pete Kuzma (B3/el.pno); Steve Tavaglione (ewi/keys); Vinnie Colaiuta (dms); Dan Lutz (bs); Freddy Koella (gtr/vln); Larry Klein (el perc/vbs).
(Review by Lance).
A strange, yet compelling, album by Berlin based Bassenge. A program of jazz covers selected from tunes by The Doors; The Beach Boys; James Taylor; Buffalo Springfield; Tom Waits; Shuggie Otis; Stephen Stills; Rickie Lee Jones; Joni Mitchell and others. Although Bassenge is based in Berlin, Blue Skies has nothing to do with Irving Berlin! This is one of two Tom Waits numbers - All Stripped Down is the other.
The basis of the album is a selection of songs inspired by the landscape and atmosphere of Los Angeles and Southern California.
At first I found it difficult to describe it as a jazz album but, after listening a couple of times I found it even more difficult not to describe it as a jazz album! Certainly Till Brönner's Milesian trumpet playing is as plaintive and as emotional a tug at the heart strings as I've heard from any contemporary jazz trumpet player and Bassenge has that smoky quality to her voice that so many of the greats have be it Peggy Lee or Melody Gardot or, indeed, wor (local dialect) own  Lindsay Hannon and Zoë Gilby. 
Bassenge is working the same side of der straße as  Lindsay and Zoë  and I'm sure our girls will like this disc. Conversely, I think Bassenge would recognise their status too!
Now available on MPS - Germany's major jazz label. I'm in the dilemma of not being sure if I want to take a holiday in Berlin or Southern California!
Tracks: Riders on the Storm; Angeles; Aht Uh Mi Hef; All Stripped Down; For What It's Worth; The Last Chance Texaco; The Same Situation; Searching for a Heart; Her Town Too; I Just Wasn't Made For These Times; Blue Skies.
Lance.
NB: Our regular vocal reviewer, Ann Alex, passed this one by, unheard - nah-nah-nah-nah-nah!

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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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