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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.

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet @ The Globe Jazz Bar - October 1










Asaf Sirkis (dms/konnakol); Sylwia Bialas (voice); Frank Harrison (pno); Kevin Glasgow (bs gtr).
(Review by Lance/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew).
One of the most interesting gigs I've been to for awhile. How could it not be with four such accomplished performers? Sirkis is, not only a dynamic drummer, he is also a master of the  art of performing percussion syllables vocally in the South Indian music form known as Konnakol. This he demonstrated at length with a display of dexterity - both hand wise and vocal wise.
Bialas' voice is quite incredible with a vast range and fullness of tone. However, singing in her native Polish meant that the lyrics were meaningless to those of us who weren't multi-lingual! But you could, I suppose, say the same about Italian opera or, come to that, scatting!
Frank Harrison was superb on keys - it's been a good weekend for the  unrelated Harrisons! James on Friday lunchtime, Tom on Friday night and now Frank. I guess that when the ancient Harrisons began begatting there was a lot of music in the air!
Kevin Glasgow wielded a six string bass guitar that, when soloing at the top end of the fretboard, sounded almost cello-like.
The well-attended room, many of whom had been at the afternoon workshop, showed their approval throughout with rapturous applause although there were a couple who found the volume outside of their comfort zone.
As I said at the beginning - interesting.
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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