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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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Thursday, January 01, 2015

CD Review: Quadraceratops - Quadraceratops

Cath Roberts – alto saxophone, compositions; Tom Ward – tenor saxophone ; Henry Spencer – trumpet;Magnus Dearness – trombone; Dave O’Brien – keyboards; Jason Simpson – bass; Olly Blackman – drums.
(Review by Steve H.)
This is composer and band leader’s Cath Roberts debut album with her septet Quadraceratops named after a fictitious dinosaur who, like the band, has four horns. 
Dinner with Patrick gets the album underway -  a horn dominated rumble which ebbs and flows in almost ‘Mingus’ like fashion. 
Song for the Worker Bee features a hypnotic minimalist Fender Rhodes solo from Dave O’Brien  before the haunting trumpet of Henry Spencer kicks in. The whole track is set against a background of driving drums and bass. Chair-O-Planes has a stirring melody with some solid soloing by Roberts, Dearness than contributes a smashing solo on the trombone before the piece concludes with the same cheery theme by which it had begun. Open Sandwich is carried along by Simpson’s funky double bass another ethereal Rhodes solo from O’Brien cranks up the piece allowing the horns to really  get going. Spiderling is a slower more delicate number with O’Brien on acoustic piano and the horns  providing an erringly  sinister backdrop. Calico is dominated by Spencer’s soaring trumpet with the whole ensemble squawking away together before culminating in a gentle piano led finale. Flying South concludes this album with all soloists getting their chance to shine. Trombonist, Dearness and bass player,  Jason Simpson taking the honours along with drummer Olly Blackman who keeps things going throughout the entire album. 
This a fine piece of modern British jazz with excellent compositions and arrangements from band leader Cath Roberts. I expect the band to get better and better as they play together and imagine they would be a very fine outfit to see live.
Listen/Buy.
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.
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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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