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

Thursday, August 18, 2016

CD Review: California Feetwarmers - Silver Seas

Charles De Castro (tpt/acc); Justin Rubenstein (tmb); Joshua Kaufman (clt/pno/acc); Brandon Armstrong (sousa/bass); Patrick Morrison (plec bjo); Juan Carlos Reynoso (gtr); Dominique "Chief" Rodriguez (bs dm.) + Andy Bean  (steel gtr); Tom Morrison (bs); CoryBeers (bs. dm).
(Review by Lance).
Well, I'm into history and this is history, albeit not totally ancient - some of it pre-dates ancient! Having said that, it kinds of grows on you and brings to mind the various Red Hot Pennies groups that Red Nichols fronted. Hot dance music of the 1920s. Foot tapping stuff and, if you feel like shimmying like your sister does, then this is ideal.

Of course, if you've already got Muggsy's Great 16 or a few Condon records the choice becomes no choice.
Nevertheless, these Californians manage to merge a little, Cajun, Skiffle and Ragtime into the mix making it quite a unique melange.
"Take your partners for the Blackbottom followed by the Cakewalk, the Polka and some Western Swing..."
Tracks: Silver Seas; Shake it, Break it; Tain'tNo Use; Weeping Willow; Dixie Waltz; Betty Brown; Pride Blues; She's Crying For me; The Breeze That Brought me Home; Third Street Float; At the Jazz Band Ball; Wooden Nickel and Red Head Romp.
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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