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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, February 21, 2017

CD Review: Troy Roberts - Tales & Tones

Troy Roberts (tenor/soprano); Silvano Monasterious (piano); Robert Hurst (bass); Jeff 'Tain' Watts (drums).
(Review by Lance).
New York-based, Australian saxman, Roberts is no stranger to these pages. His 2015 album, Secret Rhymes, was rated as one of my top albums of that year and, an acknowledgment from Jamie Toms, who knows a thing or two about good sax playing, rubber stamped it!
This disc is equally as good as the previous album with Roberts showing that he can cut it anywhere. Tenor or soprano, presto or lento, our boy is on the money. He composed most of the tunes, the exceptions being an original take [honestly!] on Bernie's Tune, John Sangster's Rivera Mountain and, the immortal, A Train. However, he did do the arrangements...
On piano, the improbably named,  Silvano Monasterious did the business with fine solos and comping. Venezuelan Silvano is a longtime sidekick of Roberts and the two gel. Indeed all four gel with drummer Watts reminding us that he's a name to conjure up with when the next Down Beat polls come up - they all are!
(By the way, Don't forget BSH when any of our UK polls come around - I can dream, can't I?)
Troy Roberts - a name to remember.
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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