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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 Monday September 25

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Classic Swing - Marquis of Granby, Streetgate, Sunniside NE16 5ES. 0191 4880954. 1pm. Free. New mainstream gig w. Bob Wade (trumpet); Olive Rudd (vocal) and other familiar faces.
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Alastair Lord (trumpet) & Kris Thomsett (organ) - St. Nicholas Cathedral, St. Nicholas Square, Newcastle NE1 1PF. 1:05. Free (retiring collection).
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Evening.
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Friday, February 17, 2017

CD Review: Kurt Rosenwinkel - Caipi

(Review by Steve T).
According to my source, Rosenwinkel is, with McLaughlin and Metheny, the most important living Jazz guitarist.
Caipi has been ten years in the making and is the first release on his own label Heartcore Records. It features eleven originals and is his most radical musical progression, certainly since the jump from Enemies of Energy to the Next Step early in his career, and probably ever.
It's a highly personal work, featuring Rosenwinkel playing most of the instruments himself, though guests include Eric Clapton, Mark Turner, multi-instrumentalist Pedro Martins and Amanda (daughter of Elaine Elias and Randy Brecker).

There's basic fusion aplenty, the Metheny, Schofield, Frisell influence still much in evidence, but there's a marked assimilation of Brazilian music and particularly the Brazilian Love Song, including Portuguese lyrics sang beautifully by Amanda Brecker on Kama.
However, most of the vocals he handles himself in a frail, sensitive voice reminiscent of Gerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead, mainstay of the San Fransisco hippy scene who survived it for almost forty years, in part due to a strong Jazz influence. Like Garcia, he gets away with it because it gives it a very personal feel, the exception being Hold On where he sounds like a not very good singer in a not very good Britpop.
There's excellent contributions from Mark Turner playing sax on two tracks: Ezra and Casio Escheron, providing continuity from his previous recordings.     
As the prog, rock, pop, psychedelic influences escalate, the Jazz content inevitably reduces but his fluid, inventive guitar playing ensure it's still accessible to the Jazz fan, particularly fusionistas and especially guitar fans, of any persuasion, who'll no doubt buy it in droves.
It's been available since last Friday, February 10.
Steve T.

Kurt Rosenwinkel (guitars, bass guitar, piano, drums, percussion, synth, casio, voice); Pedro Martins (voice, drums keyboards, percussion);  Eric Clapton (guitar); Alex Kosmidi (baritone guitar); Mark Turner (tenor sax); Kyra Garey, Antonio Loureira, Zola Mennenoh, Amanda Brecker (voice); Frederika Krier (violin); Chris Komer (French horn); Andi Haberl (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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