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

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Jazz Co-op @ The Globe: Not Now Charlie: Sept 15

Jamie Toms (tenor sax); Pawel Jedizejewskl (guitar); Richard Campbell (piano); Liam Gaughan (bass guitar); Dave McKeague (drums).
(Review by Ann Alex/photo from BSH archive).
I went to hear this band after liking their sound on a YouTube link on BSH and I certainly wasn’t disappointed. 
Their website, www.notnowcharlie.com  quotes influences from jazz, rock, pop etc: add to that what I detected, which was folk and classical, the latter mostly from the piano and the former from the second tune of the gig, with the delightful Di Dum sharp snapping sound beloved of bagpipers – I think it’s called a ‘Scotch Snap’.
The gig was to launch their CD Nostalgia Revisited so most of the tunes played were from the CD, all written by Jamie Toms and very ably arranged by the band. Titles were such as MCT; It’s Not Me, It’s You; Potters Wheel. There may have been a tune called Floating Hills and another titled Telling Tales, but I missed most of the titles as they were announced without a microphone in the large downstairs bar, so I couldn’t quite make speech out – my only complaint.
How to describe the music? Very tuneful and adventurous, some tunes reminded me of the extended complex almost-anthems of 1970’s prog rock. Other tunes were episodic to my ears, batches of music in the same item which changed rhythm and theme, yet still held together as one. A typical offering had a very tuneful sax lead to start, then the sax and guitars playing interweaving lines, with lightly brushed drums, then quite suddenly it all ends, just when you expect it to continue a little longer. It’s Not Me It’s You is an amusing title as it’s the opposite of what people are supposed to say when they are ending a relationship diplomatically, and the tune was quite quarrelsome, if a tune can convey such, beginning with general busyness from all the instruments, then a lone bass with rattles on the drums, louder drums, a drum solo over the bass, and big angry chords to finish. Plenty of room for improvisation in solo spots, although such solos were not so formally ‘placed’ as they would be during a swing number.
I don’t know if I’ve described the music as well as it deserves, so why not buy the CD and hear it all for yourself, a snip at only £8? I just wish they could have had a larger audience, which they certainly deserved.
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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