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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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Thursday, September 08, 2016

CD Review: Natalie Cressman And Mike Bono - Etchings In Amber

Natalie Cressman (vocals, lyrics, composer); Mike Bono (acoustic guitar, composer on some tracks)
(Review by Ann Alex).
Raised in a ‘Frisco musical household, daddy a long-time member of Santana and ma a jazz vocalist in her own right, Natalie Cressman, who also plays trombone, albeit not on this disc, currently tours the eastern seaboard and this is, actually, her third album.
New York-based Mike Bono composes, teaches and gigs around the city as well as occasional trips further afield. His second album.
The voice is smoky sweet and the guitar playing, flowing, lyrical and easy on the ear. However, I don’t think I could listen to this CD except as vaguely pleasant background music for many reasons. The music is said to be jazz-influenced but I couldn’t detect that at all, as there didn’t appear to be any improvisation and little guitar soloing.  I’m not sure how to classify the music if I had to, perhaps I’d say contemporary folk. I couldn’t make out some of the words being sung.  There was an insert showing the lyrics which were written in an attractive calligraphy style, but the print was too small – please pass me the BSH magnifying glass, which doesn’t exist, but should!  And I had problems with the words that I could read!  I think the songs were love songs, mostly of lost love, but much of it was incomprehensible, with some words which seemed to have been inserted in order to rhyme. The titles of the songs included Wind Of Whims; Picture; Trapped In Forever; Folds Of Time.
This is a shame as both musicians have talent and I think they would have been more successful singing jazz standards and contemporary folk songs, then tackling their own compositions later on.
The CD is released on Cressman Music on October 7.  See www.nataliecressman.com and
Ann Alex.

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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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