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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, August 13, 2013

CD Review: Claudia Morris: Secret Love: A Celebration of the Music of Doris Day

Claudia Morris (vocals); Malcolm Edmondstone (piano/Fender Rhodes/arranger);  Andrew Bain (drums/percussion); Julian Jackson (bass); Freddie Gavita (trumpet);  Simon Allen (saxophone); Iain Mackenzie (backing vocals).
(Review by Ann Alex)
This is not an easy CD to review because it is simply so good that there’s not much to say except ‘listen to it for yourself’.  Claudia Morris has a sweet pure toned-voice with excellent diction, you’ll be able to hear every word.  She doesn't imitate Doris Day but has her own distinctive style and she sings in ‘English’, that is, without any trace of Americanisms, which emphasises the universal quality of the songs.The musicians are more than up to the task; they have short solos as the emphasis is on the singing.
My favourite track is the most minimalist one: I’ll Never Stop Loving You – try listening to this without a tear in your eye; it’s just a single chorus of voice, piano and emotional truth.  This track is wisely followed by an upbeat I’ve Got The Sun In The Morning, showing a sensible track order, for people who listen to CDs straight through. The first track, Sentimental Journey, is typical of the whole CD, it opens with voice and light drums, has piano and guitar solos, call and response between voice and guitar, and a little tasteful scat added to the mix.  Other tracks include Orange Coloured Sky; Shanghai; Day By Day; Love Me Or Leave Me; Perhaps, Perhaps; and the final track is a slow version of Secret Love.  Enjoy!
The CD, due for release in September, actually showcases songs from a new musical play, Secret Love, which is set to tour the UK this Autumn.  The play celebrates the life and music of Doris Day.  For more details about Claudia Morris, the CD and the play, go to www.claudiamorris-music.com
Ann Alex.
PS: Worth adding to your Xmas list

1 comment :

  1. Love the line in Shanghai (first DD record I ever bought)
    "Why don't you stop me when I talk about Shanghai,
    I'm even allergic to rice!"

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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.
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