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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, July 14, 2016

CD Review: Alison Lewis - Seven

(Review by Ann Alex)
‘Seven’ is 5 tracks which are, in the singer’s words,‘re-imagined’ standard songs, plus 2 of Ms Lewis’s own songs.
 I started listening with some qualms, just another singer I thought, but I was soon converted by hearing Ms Lewis’s clear voice, excellent diction, wide vocal range, accompanied by well competent musicians. This is a debut CD and our singer moved from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 2009, having been involved in an a cappella group, community choirs, gospel choirs, cover bands, R & B, jazz ensembles, film and television.
Phew!
Lennon and McCartney’s Blackbird  is piano led, and we hear the sounds of the cajon and udu, which give the song a sliding eastern sound; Cheek To Cheek is unusually slow, romantic rather than dance-like, quite magical in fact; Dylan’s Like A Rolling Stone is slow and meditative, flowing lyrics which you notice more when sung slowly; Lewis’s own Mr Right For Right Now is fun, a slinky sensuous love song about a good but temporary love affair with an effective steel guitar solo.  Then we have the other original Seesaw, a metaphor for a love affair, with the voice up and down like the seesaw; voice and bass only play on Midnight Sun and the final track is a slow version of My Funny Valentine, skilfully‘re-imagined’. It’s good to hear versions of these songs with a different perspective.
The CD was self-released on 16th June 2016, and is apparently available from all fine retailers.
See www.alisonlewismusic.com
Ann Alex.
Alison Lewis (vocals) plus musicians on various tracks: Mitchel Forman (piano, Fender Rhodes, Hammond B3 organ); Kevin Axt, Paul Eastburn (bass); Roy Brinker (drums, perc); Andrew Synowiec (lap steel/acoustic guitars); Eddie Reyes ( cajon, udu); Adam Shulman (piano); Ricky Carter (drums); Jude Gold (acoustic guitar); Anne King (muted trumpet).

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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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