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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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Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Chick Corea Trio @ Big Top, Cheltenham Jazz Festival - April 30

(Review by Steve T/photo courtesy of Stuart Farthing)
My misery continued as I found myself on the back row with the rigging maintaining the Big Top precisely between me and the legend; literally the worst seat in the house and after buying the ticket in December shortly after they went on sale.
At a sprightly seventy five Corea’s fingers are still incredibly nimble. Solely in terms of musicianship, I put him behind Art Tatum and Oscar Peterson and as an artist I have him in the top half dozen living Jazz artists. His trio - Eddie Gomez on bass and Brian Blade on drums - need no recommendation from me and they didn't disappoint.
Following a strange introduction which had sections of the audience singing notes back to him, we got Five Hundred Miles High, Alice in Wonderland, Monk’s Work and a Spanish Song.
It's a genuine trio with each leading seemingly simultaneously but it all making total sense, while maintaining the solo order of piano, bass, drums, his embellishments ensuring nothing became boring or tedious.  
A bowed bass confirmed Spain as the encore and the singalong at the beginning all began to make sense. More than a little naff for my liking and a shame that an artist of this stature feels the need for a party piece, which could reduce him in the eyes of many to that Jazz bloke who made Spain.
Some loved it, I liked it but many didn't, which I think was a case of expectations. As these giants age it becomes a balance between homage and can they still play? He certainly can, but any changing of the world was completed decades ago and isn't necessarily going to transfer in a giant tent at a Jazz Festival in 2017. 
Steve T.

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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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