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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 Friday September 22

Scarborough Jazz Festival - Day one of three.
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Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
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Zoe Gilby Quartet - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Kentucky Cowtippers - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
Sean Noonan: Memorable Sticks - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £8/£6.
Backyard Rhythm Orchestra + Monkey Puzzle - o2 Academy, Newcastle. Doors 6:30pm. Curfew 10pm.
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Dave Newton & Dean Stockdale - Traveller's Rest, 2 West Auckland Rd., Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER. 8:30pm. £10.
Smokin' Spitfires - Forum Music Centre, Borough Rd., Darlington DL1 1SG. 7:30pm. £10.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

CD Review: Huk's Eleven - Rescued From the Drawer.

(Review by Lance)
I'm 'winging' this one as the notes are in German - the language spoken in the Interlaken area of Switzerland where this band is based.
It would seem that Krähenbühl wrote these charts some years ago before consigning them to a drawer where they lay gathering dust until, earlier this year, he rescued them, hence the title.
They were well worth the rescuing. Imaginative arrangements of standards that swing comfortably, punctuated with splendid solos throughout. I'm not always sure which of the two tenors solo on what. It doesn't matter, they tick the Ducal boxes - do wah do wah do wah.

The overall feel is that of a West Coast session by Shorty Rogers or Marty Paich although there is a warmer atmosphere than was the norm in LA back then.
Lady Bird; Love For Sale; S'posin'; Nearness of You; You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To; Tanga; Soon; It Might as Well be Spring;; Indian Summer; Valse Hot; On a Slow Boat to China; Groove Merchant; Days of Wine and Roses.
Guitarist Urwyler has uploaded a few tracks to YouTube - here's Lady Bird.
A stellar selection and not an alpenhorn or a yodeller in sight!
Lance.
From the sleeve, I've learned that Posaune means trombone and that schlagzeug = drums (or maybe percussion). There's a nice schlagzeug break at the end of Slow Boat.
Hansueli Krähenbühl,  Sandro Häsler (trumpet/flugel); Rolf Häsler (soprano/ alto); Fredi Krähenbühl (tenor/flute); Ivo Prato (tenor); Cornel Studach (baritone); Vincent Lachat (trombone); Stephan Urwyler (guitar); Jérôme De Carli (piano); Hans Ermel (bass); Roland Bürki (drums).

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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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