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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 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.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

CD Review: Gary Peacock Trio - Tangents

Gary Peacock (bass); Marc Copland (piano); Joey Baron (drums).
(Review by Lance).
Two in a row from ECM! Things are looking up. Tangents is a less frantic album than the one by Vijay Iyer but, in its own way, equally compelling. Veteran bassist Peacock has such a full sound that the monotony that often plagues bass-led trios is avoided. Such is the resonance it could have been a horn player. Copland on piano and drummer Baron combine to make this a three-way split with each member holding equal shares.

Peacock pays tribute to Bill Evans, with whom he recorded the pianist's classic album Trio 64, by playing Spartacus and Blue in Green. The former piece is one of the most lyrical of film soundtracks which is surprising given the nature of the character - a Thracian Gladiator! However, further investigation spoke of the warrior's devotion to his wife and it is this love theme that no doubt provided the inspiration and it does indeed exude warmth and love in the hands of the trio as it did when Bill Evans was parking the chariot on his album The Solo Sessions 54 years ago. The latter piece is known only too well from Kind of Blue and it takes no harm here.
The Ornette inspired Rumblin' has Peacock dancing through the changes (Ornette? Changes?) Talkin' Blues is a blues even though it is multi-directional at times. The core sequence is there - you just need to seek.
All in all, an album not just for bass players although they will be first in the queue but also an album for those who like something different to your normal piano, bass and drums set-up. It's not party or cocktail lounge music. Nor is it car stereo material. It's music that demands your undivided attention.
To be played over and over to catch the little things you missed the first time.
The end result is a very satisfying listening experience.
Lance.
Tangents will be available on ECM 2533 from August 25.

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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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