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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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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

CD Review (belated). Marian McPartland Trio w. Chris Potter - In My Life

I'm walkin' along, mindin' my business in Jarrow's Viking Shopping Centre when fate decides I should pop into the Marie Curie shop to pick up a James Patterson book - there's always one! I deliberately avoid looking at the CDs knowing that I have a floor to ceiling pile of albums awaiting review. Unfortunately, I do sneak a glance and what do I see? - a Marian McPartland Concord CD - In My Life - with Chris Potter blowing sax!
James Patterson is forgotten, he'll be there next week, Marian might not!
A 1993 Concord recording with Gary Mazzaroppi on bass and Glenn Davis on drums and the aforementioned Potter wailing on both alto and tenor this is the late First Lady of Jazz at her finest.
A beautiful reflective player who can also kick ass when the chips are down. The rhythm section goes with her all the way and Potter slots in easily. Marian recalls hearing him when he was 15. "We've got to get him together with Woody Herman" she raved enthusiastically. His father shook his head and said, "Not until he's left school".
He'd certainly left school by the time of this recording!
If BSH had been going in 1993 this would have been my Disc of the Year.
Tracks: Groove Yard  (Carl Perkins); In My Life ( Lennon & McCartney); In the Days of Our Love (M. McP); Red Planet ( Coltrane); What's New? (Haggart); Gone With the Wind; Close Your Eyes; For Dizzy (M. McP); Moon and Sand (Alec Wilder); Naima (Coltrane); Velas; Ramblin' (Ornette); Singin' the Blues.
The latter tune was in memory of husband Jimmy and, of course, his idol - Bix.
It's a beautiful record. I've long advocated Marian as a front runner and this English lady could hold her own with any of her contemporaries.
The best James Patterson book I never bought!
Lance.

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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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