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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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Friday, March 20, 2015

CD Review: Courtney Pine - Song (The Ballad Book)

Courtney Pine (bass clarinet); Zoe Rahman (pno).
(Review by Lance).
I was unsure if 52 minutes of bass clarinet and piano would hold my interest and there were moments when my attention wandered but not many. Pine has never been less than a forward thinker and although numbers such as Amazing Grace may seem a far cry from the angry young man of the 1980s who leaped into prominence as part of the Jazz Warriors Pine is respectful of the source without disguising his own identity. Even Duke's Come Sunday which opens with a hint of pet shop arson mellows sufficiently to avoid any accusations of sacrilege. In an album with many excellent tunes it is to CP's credit that the most lyrical one is his own composition - Song!
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square has a rather wonderful solo from Rahman who is an absolute tower of strength throughout, both solo-wise and in support, feeding Pine with the perfect amount of stimulus.
This is a musical marriage that works.
The tour which began in February at Southampton in February ends up in St. Helier on July 31.
It hits our region in May:
Alnwick Playhouse (May 2); Middlesbrough Town Hall (May 4); Pocklington Arts Centre (May 5); Kendal Brewery Arts Centre (May 6) and May 24 goes to Carnegie Hall (Dunfermline).
Other tracks are: Beatrice; A Child is Born; One Last Cry; Through the Fire and Someday We'll All be Free
Courtney Pine - Song (The Ballad Book) was released on March 16 on Destin - E Records 777102468X.
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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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