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

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

CD Review: Mike Gamble & His Rhythm Serenaders

A delightful CD that takes me back to those days when Swing ruled and the music was aimed as much at your feet and your heart as opposed to later jazz which was more cerebral directed. Nothing wrong with either approach. Music must reach out to all of our senses and this one does just that.
Gamble is a bassist - Robert Moog once lived next door to him although you'd never have guessed from this CD!

It's an album that recreates rather than reinvents classic moments of the Swing Era. Time-Life did a more imaginative vinyl project 20/30 - maybe more - years ago using top studio guys some of whom had been on the originals. Which prompts the question - in either case - why?
The clarinet apes Benny and Artie, tenor sounds like Bud or Boomie, guitar sounds like Christian.. Laurie Windley could almost be mistaken for Billie in a blindfold test - almost!
Like the earlier Time-Life compilation, Organic Records claim that the superior recording techniques make this a viable alternative to the originals. "Recorded with modern engineering techniques, the music speaks for itself with a clarity that patrons of ballrooms like the Savoy, the Alhambra, the Cotton Club and the Palomar could only enjoy live."
Maybe.
Gamble runs Lindy Focus in Asheville, NC, The largest festival of swing and dance music in the USA. The annual five-day shindig features swing bands and dancers and it may be to this latter group that this CD is aimed at. It certainly had me Lindyhopping as I listened - the plaster comes off next week!
Forget the originals - as if! No, instead, just treat this as carrying the torch of yesterday to tomorrow.
Lance.
CD Release August 12 on Organic Records.

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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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