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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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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, April 07, 2017

GIJF Day 2: Garibaldi Plop and The ICP Orchestra @ Sage Gateshead - April 1

ICP Orchestra
Ab Baars, Toby Delius, Michael Moore (reeds); Thomas Heberer (trumpet); Wolter Wierbos (trombone); Mary Oliver (violin); Tristan Honsinger (cello); Guus Janssen (piano); Ernst Glerum (bass); Han Bennink (drums).
(Review by Steve H/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew)
The ICP Orchestra (Instant Composers Pool) was formed 50 years ago in The Netherlands. Sadly co-founder Misha Mengelberg died recently (a photo tribute to the man is currently on show until April 14) but drummer Hans Bennnink, aged 75, still drives the band with tremendous energy and good humour. It would be hard to single anyone out in this 10 piece ensemble. I enjoyed everyone’s playing but Cellist Tristan Hinsinger has to get my MVP award, not only for his poetry reading and singing but also for the most amazing piece of conducting which took the form of a dance. All in all a delightful performance full of spontaneity, wit and swing -pure class.


Garibaldi Plop
Roberto Negro (piano); Valentin Ceccaldi (cello); Sylvain Darrifourcq (drums)
The opening set of this double was joy from beginning to end. A musical journey which explored every nook and cranny of the musical spectrum. There were: quiet bits, melodious passages, free and improvised parts and in one particular passage the most sensational, cacophonous, wild, explosive ensemble playing I have had the good fortune to experience. My only complaint was that it was over all too quickly (45minutes). I really could have done with the same again.
Steve H.

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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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