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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 Tuesday September 26

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Black Bull, 98 Front St., East Boldon NE36 0SG. 1pm. Free. 0191 5365127. New residency 2 mins from East Boldon metro.
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Evening
Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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Sunday, June 30, 2013

CD Review: Henrik Jensen's FOLLOWED BY THIRTEEN - Qualia.

Henrik Jensen (bass); Andre Canniere (tpt); Esben Tjalve (pno); Peter Ibbetson (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Two Danes, an American and a British guy walked into a recording studio.
It was a meeting of like souls (Qualia is a philosophical term meaning an unfamiliar word for something that could not be more familiar to each of us).
Jensen composed the pieces which provide the framework for the musicians to release their creative juices on this, the debut album for his group Followed by Thirteen. If the name refers to the band's Twitter following then once the CD has been heard they'll be changing the name daily!
Despite the globalisation of jazz today, to me, Canniere's trumpet sound and phrasing are, despite his name and his involvement with the European scene, totally American just as Tjalve's piano work, if not distinctly Danish, is unmistakably European. Ibbetson's drumming is totally British whilst Jensen's bass playing is probably mid-Atlantic!
I realise I'm making these generalisations with the hindsight of knowledge - put me in a darkened room and I'd probably refute what I've written!
Whatever, this cosmopolitan line-up works superbly well.
The themes are good and Canniere does stand out solo-wise although Tjalve is only a whisker behind. Ibbetson's drumming is living proof of why he is an A lister on the London circuit and Henrik Jensen is not merely a composer to watch but an imaginative and sensitive bass player.
The CD: Henrik Jensen's FOLLOWED BY THIRTEEN - Qualia was launched on June 17 and  will be released on July 29 by Jellymould. JM-JJ013.
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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