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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 25, 2016

CD Review: Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra - Basically Baker.

There was something about the great big bands - they all brought an identifiable sound to the [turn]table. You rarely needed to look at the label to know if it was Dorsey, Goodman, Shaw or Miller. Likewise, Ellington and Basie. Later, Gillespie, Raeburn, Thornhill, Kenton and Herman moved things forward. When touring bands became uneconomical the rehearsal, occasional gig, big bands appeared - both high and low profile. In the former category, the bands of Jones/Lewis and Clarke/Boland spring to mind. Kenny Wheeler and Mike Gibbs and, of course, Wynton's Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.
David Baker absorbed all these influences and shared them over many years in Downbeat articles and analyses of various aspects of jazz.
Perhaps the first great jazz educator.
The Buselli-Wallarab Orchestra take the man's music to the top level and Baker, who died on March 26 this year, would surely be proud of this double CD, the second album, devoted to his compositions. The one non-Baker piece is Dizzy's Bebop but it isn't really an exception as the request was by Dizzy himself to put his (Baker's) own stamp on it!
Randy Brecker, Wayne Wallace and Dave Stryker have featured tracks but the bulk is done by the band soloists and they hit paydirt every time! I'm going to be playing this one long after the other discs in the In Tray have had their, mandatory, one play before becoming a coffee table placemat (must buy a bigger coffee table). 
I doubt if there will be a better big band CD [double] this year or any year until they make Basically Baker Vol 3. If you only ever buy one post-Swing Era big band record - check this one out first!
Lance.
Tony Kadleck, Scott Belck, Graham Breedlove, Jeff Conrad, Mark Buselli, Pat Harbison (tpt); Tim Coffman, Freddie Mendoza, Brennan Johns (tbn); Rich Dole (bs. tmb); Tom Walsh, Bill Sears, Rich Perry, Rob Dixon, Ned Boyd (saxes); Celeste Holler-Seraphinoff (horn); Luke Gillespie (pno); Mitch Shiner (vibs); Monika Herzig (celeste); Dan Perantoni (tuba); Jeremy Allen ( bs); Steve Houghton (dms). + Randy Brecker (tpt);  David Stryker (gtr); Wayne Wallace (tmb). 

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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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