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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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Thursday, October 20, 2016

LP Review: Dexter Gordon - Fried Bananas

.Dexter Gordon (tenor); Rein De Graaff (piano); Henk Haverhook (bass); Eric Ineke (drums). Recorded November 3, 1972.
(Review by Lance).
Back in the day, in L.A., when Wardell Gray and Dexter were slugging it out on The Chase in Central Avenue bars and clubs, I'd always, on the recorded evidence, leaned towards Wardell with his lighter, more subtle approach. However, when Dex recorded those classic Blue Note Albums, I had to admit that Wardell, if he'd still been around, may well have lost the re-match!
That was Dexter at his greatest - or so I thought until I heard this album!
Long, Tall, Dexter had been living in Europe since 1962 and, ten years on, he was residing in Copenhagen, started cycling, got married, had a son named after Ben Webster and, eventually, teamed up with the Dutch rhythm section heard here. They toured Europe and recorded this live radio broadcast, for The Netherlands' station VPRO.
The playing is comparable with the Blue Note albums and, indeed, his playing is as good as any of the other tenor-slinging contenders who were around at the time. Were he alive today a lot of saxmen would take to the hills.
The title track is 14:23 mins. of Fried Bananas - I swear I'm going to cook them tomorrow whilst listening to the track! Dexter is the master of the quote. He does it logically, seamlessly incorporating it into the solo. Listen to what he does with On a Slow Boat to China in an exchange of fours on Fried Bananas! This isn't Fried Bananas, it's Chicken à la king!
Flipping the platter, taking care not to disturb the bananas, The Panther is stalking - it senses the aroma of the the Fried Bananas and blows a slow funk as it prowls around.
Dexter announces, "If you play tenor you have to play this tune".
Body and Soul.
Our man does it justice. Of course he does, but he couldn't have done it justice without the three Dutchmen on the case. They soloed, supported and slotted into every direction the great man took. There may be better jazz discs this year but I'm not taking odds on it.
I listened to it on vinyl - Gearbox vinyl which is the business.
Lance
Release date November 4, 2016.

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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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