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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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Monday, September 05, 2016

Gene Ammons All Stars - a hi-fi modern jazz jam session.

As one gets older one starts thinking about old films, old books, old girlfriends... You seek out the latter only to find she now looks like her mother who wasn't exactly Miss World! Likewise, the films that you loved so much are rarely as good as they were then although often better than most of the ones we see nowadays.
Fortunately, this seems to work in the other direction jazz wise.
Faced with a pile of unlistenable CDs (to my ears - BSH reviewers the postman cometh soon!) I dug into the vinyl, no, not the 12 inchers, but that long forgotten genre, the 10" LP that started it all off.

I decided that I might as well do it alphabetically and hit on the Gene Ammons All Stars - a hi-fi modern jazz jam session.
Recorded on June 15, 1955, it reveals Ammons to be a  tenor player  capable of holding his own with the other names of the time - Dexter, Wardell, Teddy, Sonny Major and Sonny Minor* and, indeed any others who'd listened to Lester.
'Jug's in good company. The brothers Farmer on Trumpet and Bass, Lou Donaldson preaching Bird, and Freddy Roach and Klook  rounding it off. 
Listening to this tells me that, if the parade's passed me by, I'm the one that's waving farewell!
Lance.
*Stitt? Rollins? Major? Minor? You tell me!

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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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