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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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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

CD Review: Sergio Pereira - Swingdando.

(Review by Steve T)
One of the good things about this job is that, just when you're deciding which of your Brazilian regulars to buy an album by to allay any guilt you may have that you don't even watch the Olympics, let alone partake of any fitness regime, Lance slaps an album in your hand.
Seven originals from Brazil via the Netherlands, New York and back to Brazil from guitarist Sergio Peireira on his debut album.
Album opener Chega Al sets out his stall with an extended drums/percussion intro which never really lets up throughout this short album. They're joined by his own acoustic guitar, which he sticks with on all but one track where he doubles up on electric (semi-acoustic), and by group scatting in that specifically Brazilian style my limited knowledge associates with Tania Maria but I know it's more widespread.
There's some terrific interplay between acoustic guitar and Helio Alves on piano and singer Claudia Villela takes just one track, My Girlssuggesting to me that there may be a solo album on the way.
Some of it's laid back and some is horizontal but anyone who likes Latin music, smooth Jazz or piano Jazz will soak it up. 
However, it's at its best when he's playing acoustic guitar, inevitably reminding me of Earl Klugh playing opposite Benson, particularly when he takes over from Marcus Teixeira’s electric solo for the fade of Leblonand during the exchange between the two on the title track.
It's out now and. if you're looking for something to get you in the mood, will do nicely.
Steve T
Sergio Pereira (Acoustic/Electric Guitars); Marcus Teixeira (Electric Guitar); Claudia Villela, Olivia Foschi, Candida Borges (Vocals); Helio Alves, Felipe Silveira (Keyboards); Itaiguara Brandao, Nilson Matta, Felipe Fidelis (Bass); Mauricio Zottarelli, Duduka da Fonseca, Osmario Marinho (Drums).

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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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