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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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Thursday September 21

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:oopm. Free.
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Tees Valley Jazzmen - White Horse Hotel, Burtree Lane, Harrowgate Hill, Darlington DL1 3AD. 1:30pm. Free. 01325 463262.

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Evening.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. Free.
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Courtney Pine: Black Notes from the Deep - Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR. 7:30pm. £25.60. 0191 4434661.
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Katie Mac (w. 6 piece band) - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.
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Emma Fisk & James Birkett - St. Cuthbert's Church, Shadforth DH6 1LF. 7:30pm.
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Pocket Jazz Orchestra: Jazz & Tapas - No. 60, Arc, Dovecote St., Stockton TS18 1LL. 7pm. £10.
Tees Hot Club w. Alan Marshall (saxes); Kevin Eland (trumpet); Ted Pearce (keys) - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.01642 678129.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Tim Richards Hextet @ The Black Swan Bar and Venue, Newcastle. June 28 - JNE/Schmazz Promotion.

Tim Richards (keys): Dick Pearce (tpt); Ed Jones (ten); Ralph Wyld (vbs); Dominic Howles (bs); Ben Brown (dms).
(Review by Lance/ Photo courtesy of Ken Drew).
I looked out of my living room window, it was raining, hardly the June weather of our youth - or maybe it was! Whatever, it was a night to turn up the central heating, splash the glass with your favourite tipple play a disc or two. Not a night to venture out, even to see the Tim Richards Hextet. However, I thought thar if several thousand fans could brave it to Sunderland to see Beyonce at the Stadium of Light - it would be the best performance that venue would see this year - then surely I could hop a westbound Metro to see the hextet (apart from the spelling, what's the difference between a hextet and a sextet?).
In reality, I had no choice. Paul Bream quoted my glowing review of the band's last CD in his Jazz Alert and in doing so presented me with a fait accompli
It was a worthwhile decision. The all original program consisted mainly of pieces from that CD (Telegraph Hill) plus a couple of ringers from previous albums. As chance would have it, it was Dominic Howles' Like John which wasn't from the album that made the first big impression of the night. The head had a floating Tadd Dameron feel to it that set it up perfectly for the soloists.
Talking of soloists, Wyld - heard previously 'up here' at The Globe with Sammy Eagles - is back at the Jazz Café this Friday (July 1) with John Martin. The young vibes player not only laid down some stunning solos he also provided Storebæltsbroen a piece inspired by a bridge in Denmark which just goes to show that the muse is everywhere, you just have to look.
It's difficult to think of Dick Pearce as having reached pensionable age. His playing still sounds as fresh as ever whilst maintaining the hard bop approach that has ever been his forte. He also supplied Joe's Outside and Airships in a Cloud. Ed Jones - Blue Note/Prestige lives! Ed blew Mobley, Coltrane, Henderson tenor and composed Clandestine, as intriguing a composition as the title implies.
Ben Brown who wasn't on the album (Peter Ibbetson) nevertheless played as if he had been and slotted in well.
Howles had some nice bass lines and wrote Ease Up which is on the album. The remainder were by Richards. The opener Tollbridge; a trilogy comprising Lucid Dreaming, Spirit Walking and Shapeshifting; Discovery and the title track of the CD Telegraph Hill. His keyboard playing, whilst at times a tad overpowering, didn't clash with the vibes but rather complemented or was it vibes-versa?
At the end, the audience demanded the obligatory encore and got Ticket to Tomorrow - solos all-round with a seemingly never-ending coda of cadenzas!
A most enjoyable evening.
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. I was really disappointed to miss this. About 15 years ago I saw a group called Great Spirit (I think) in Darlo and, only on buying the CD, realised the common denominator with Spirit Level, possibly the first acoustic(ish)Jazz group I ever saw, at a Newcastle Jazz Festival, somewhere in a university building in the early eighties.

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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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