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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, October 15, 2016

Paul Skerritt/James Harrison @ The Jazz Café - October 14.

Paul Skerritt (vcl); James Harrison (pno).
(Review by Lance).
If Morecambe and Wise had been jazz musicians they may have sounded like tonight's pairing - with the notes, more or less, in the right order.
They have fun and music should be about fun and not about watching paint dry as a gentleman who shall remain nameless commented about a recent gig he'd attended.

No paint watching last night! Lots of slapstick comedy betwixt the duo but rarely at a detriment to the music. Skerritt, in the midst of a bout of laryngitis, occasionally struggled with the upper range but it was rarely noticeable and, pro that he is, carried it off well - no doubt high on Fisherman's Friend or Victory V lozenges. Harrison, the most talented extrovert on the scene, is never short of a phrase to fit the occasion, celebrated my departure with a chorus of The Wheels on the Bus go Round and Round!
However, before that we had;  Putting on the Ritz; If I Had You; L-o-v-e; Curtis Stiger's Hooray For Love; I'm Beginning to See the Light; Almost Like Being in Love; an incredible version of Taylor Swift's Shake it Off which had Harrison playing stride/ragtime piano! Cheek to Cheek; All About the Bass (with a keyboard bass solo by Harrison on the Nord 2 that many a bass player would have been proud of! The set concluded with Michael Jackson's The Way You Make me Feel.
Glasses recharged and it seems as though Each day is Valentine's Day - unfortunately (Thank God Val Day isn't in the Summertime!) Having said that, this was as good a version of this overworked tune that you're going to hear.
Gregory Porter's Take me to the Alley had a sombre message with a ray of hope. Not sure what to make of it will have to check out the lyric. Skerritt sung it well. Ain't no Sunshine; an uptempo What a Wonderful World, Don't Get Around Much Anymore and Sway brought my evening to a close.
A splendid session with lots of hokum mixed in with some fine singing and playing.
I'd have stayed longer but, the wheels on the bus (or in this case, the Metro) do go round and round..,
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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