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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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Thursday, June 02, 2016

Battersea Rain Dance Revisited

It was the passing of my dear friend Judith Moore that prompted me to seek out this legendary album. It was one of her favourites and was just as big a move forward for the Barber Band as the Lyttleton band had made ten years earlier. Probably more so as, whereas Humph had bridged the gap between Trad and Mainstream when he added Bruce Turner, Barber was jumping from Trad to the soulful modernism of Mingus and the emergent blues rock scene (Paul McCartney is credited with a 'yell' on one track!)
Forget Icecream and all  the Trad stuff - this was the session that predated and inspired the Big Chris Barber Band of later years.
Apart from Barber regulars such as Pat Halcox, John Crocker, Ian Wheeler, Graham Burbidge and Ottilie, others include Brian Auger, McCartney, Vivs Prince and Briggs and a whole lot more.
If you haven't heard it then check it out here..
Lance.
PS: Thank you, Judith.

2 comments :

  1. We used to have this album - and loved this track. I think John Slaughter was in the band too at the time ....... Btw, was Judith the friend of yours that we met at Hoochie a while ago? Such a shame - she seemed really canny.

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  2. Yes John Slaughter is in there slaying them on guitar.
    You did meet Judith in Hoochie one Thursday I think.

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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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