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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 23, 2016

CD Review: Music Soup - Cut To The Chase

Evgenia Karlafti (org/pno/vcls); Nestor Dimopoulos (gtr/vcl); Vagelis Kotzabasis (dms); Dimitris Papadopoulos (tpt); Dimitri Vassilakis (ten); Antonis Andreou (tmb) + Anastasis Gouliaris (dms - 1 track).
(Review by Lance).
In the UK we tend to think that Grecian jazz began and ended with the redoubtable Vasilis Xenopoulos. However, back in Athens, this CD indicates that there is jazz of Olympian standard going on in Vasi's home country.
Music Soup are, basically, an organ/guitar/drums trio augmented for this album by three horns. Karlafti can swing - think Shirley Scott and Dorothy Donegan and Evgenia is up there with them and quite a few of her male contemporaries! She plays nice piano and sings good too - listen to Your Song
Guitar is comparable with anything heard 'twixt Adriatic and Atlantic and the horns also have their moments in the Aegean sun.
Karlafti and Dimopoulos composed the nine originals - individually and as co-writers.
Cut To The Chase is described as hip, eclectic jazz from Greece and I, for one, won't argue with that.
If, in the unlikely event of finding myself in a Greek Taverna, I won't be fobbed off with the Fasolado. Instead, I'll cut to the chase, and order Music Soup - a double helping!
Available on Summit/Chicken Coup Records via the usual suspects.
Lance.
PS: Closer to home, Vasilis Xenopoulos will be in the North East October 21-23.

1 comment :

  1. Thanks to Lance Liddle of UK's BEBOP SPOKEN HERE for the first review for CUT TO THE CHASE, the new CD by Mouthpiece Music clients Evgenia Karlafti B and Nestor Dimopoulos of Music Soup from Greece! (Lance, you kill me!) The CD is out on Tony Monaco's Chicken Coup label!

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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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