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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 Sunday September 24

Scarborough Jazz Festival - Day three of three.
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Afternoon.
More Jam - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
Ian Harrington (solo piano) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
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Mick Shoulder's Swing Manouche - Claypath Delicatessen, Durham DH1 1QS. 0191 3407209. 4pm. £5.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's, 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Blues Jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Jazz Tones - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm. £4.
Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.
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Evening
The Blueswater - Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle NE1 2PQ 0191 2304474. Doors 7pm. £7.
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Chris Martin - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 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.

Monday, March 13, 2017

CD Review: Jason Anick & Jason Yeager - United

Jason Anick (violin/mandolin); Jason Yeager (piano) + (on various tracks) - Greg Loughman (bass); Mike Connors (drums); John Lockwood (bass); Jerry Leake (perc.); Jason Palmer (trumpet); Clay Lyons (alto); George Garzone (tenor). 
(Review by Lance).
Anick and Yeager, now fellow Berklee instructors, have collaborated musically since their teenage years. That they have a natural empathy shows here - the chemistry is there. Anick can certainly swing on those occasions where it's demanded as well doing a little contemporary probing. Yeager is the ideal sparring partner/confidante in the manner of Brubeck and Desmond all those years ago. Feeding each other lines, drawing mutual inspiration musical soulmates.

For me, the icing on the cake is the tracks augmented by one or other of the horn players. The third Jason (Palmer) is particularly impressive on Harlem Hoedown, Clay Lyons shines on the appropriately named Bird's Eye View and Garzone flies on Turbulent Power. Most of the compositions are by either of the co-leaders with the exceptions being George Harrison's Something where Anick manages to coax some appealing sounds from his mandolin, so much so, it sounds more like a guitar - I wonder, did he do away with the double strings? The album concludes with the ubiquitous All Blues.
Special mention of Yeager's homage to Billy Strayhorn in the lyrical Sweet Pea I doubt if even Duke could have done it better! Joshua Redman is also honoured with Anick's Well Red.
All in all, an enjoyable album .it won't make the car stereo but neither will it be dispatched to the Oxfam Shop.
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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