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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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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

CD Review: Johnny Hunter Quartet - While We Still Can.

Johnny Hunter (dms); Ben Watts (ten); Graham South (tpt); Stewart Wilson (bs).
(Review by Lance).
Johnny Hunter isn't just an A-list drummer but he's also a composer laying to rest the old '3 musicians + 1 drummer = 1 quartet' joke.
This is perhaps more ambitious than previous recordings - quote:  “For a while, I've been fascinated by the music of the Middle East and have found many similarities with contemporary jazz - with this album I wanted to explore some of the traits which draw me to it.
I combined rhythms such as the Turkish Laz (7/8) or Karsilama (9/8) (odd time signatures split into groupings of twos and threes) and the idea of tetrachords/Arabic maqam (groupings of four notes which can be built up to create various scales, albeit using the Western 12 tone scale) with my own background of post-rock and free improvisation, and the Ornette Coleman approach of ‘here's the theme, now let it go’, with very little predetermined structure for the solos to follow. The title is about the appreciation of everything in your life, be it your pets, your family or your bass player; you never know when they may move to Glasgow".
Hmmm... well those observations almost persuaded me to sling this in the direction of the long-suffering Russell! But no, being a glutton for punishment, I decided to give it a listen and, you know what? it wasn't punishment at all!
It's complex, sensibly the first track - Overture - is an out and out swinger that opens the door for the more outré items to follow.
To put this in context, imagine hearing Ornette's Tomorrow is the Question for the first time or Don Ellis' The Electric Bath, Brubeck's Time Out and you've got an idea of where we are at. Hunter manages to incorporate many of the above influences without any suggestion of plagiarism. It's an exploration into many cultures by four fine players.
I can't fault the musicianship but I doubt if it will make it to the car stereo!
Lance.
Johnny Hunter Quartet - While We Still Can available on Efpi on June 17.

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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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