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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 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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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, May 16, 2016

CD Review: Benet McLean - The Bopped and the Bopless.


Benet McLean – piano/vocals/violin; Noel Langley – trumpet; Aydenne Simone – vocals; Jason Yarde – ; saxophones ; Gareth Lockrane – flutes; Duncan Eagles – saxophones; Ashley Slater – trombone; Isabella Maria Asbjornsen – harp; Donald Gamble – percussion; Jonathan Harvey – bass; Saleem Raman – drums.
(Review by Lance)
The Bopped and the Bopless could easily be The Hipped and the Hopless! Not that I’m complaining, far from it. This is as fine an example of cross-gendering as you’ll find in a long day’s pogoing across the great divide. Suddenly the divide doesn’t seem that great! Take a look at the players involved – jazzmen to a core, albeit with their own tributaries that they occasionally sail off on, and they  do the business here.
The business, of course, is run by McLean, of whom Ian Shaw said, “When Benet sings and plays, something so precise, virtuosic, soulful and swinging happens, it’s almost unnerving. That he isn’t playing arenas but is the Soho Prince of Jazz is of course wrong, yet refreshing. Dig, dig, dig!”
Not sure I can add to that except to concur and nod sagely. The only problem being, that when I nod ‘sagely,’ people think I’ve fallen asleep which, take it from me folks, you won’t be making with the zzzzzzzs whilst listening to this.
Available June 10 on 33 Jazz Records. Launched at 606 Club June 16.
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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