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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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Thursday, June 27, 2013

CD Review: Mike Wofford - It's Personal.

Mike Wofford (solo piano).
(Review by Lance)
It's Personal is an apt title for a solo piano album. No bass player to lean on, no drummer to help you swing, no guitarist to share the harmonic load. No, there's nobody but yourself or rather, in this case, Texas born Mike Wofford.
Wofford relocated to LA in the 1960s where he worked with Chet Baker, June Christy, Art Pepper and many other of the leading West Coasters. Later he became MD for Ella Fitzgerald.
That this was a worthwhile apprenticeship is proven here where he adds to the personal touch by selecting some of his favourite jazz pieces, four originals and a couple of songbook standards.
The originals comprise It's Personal (inspired by his wife; Cole Porter (his favourite songwriter); Spin (displaying his rhythmic ingenuity) and Hines Catch-up (a tribute to Earl Hines). Other numbers include Ellington/Strayhorn's The Eighth Veil - a languid piece that conjures up evocative images inspired by the title; Johnny Carisi's Springsville; Dizzy's I Waited For You; Nica's Tempo by Gigi Gryce and Candle by guitar guru Larry Koonse. His influences are many and include Sonny Clark, Al Haig and Bill Evans.
It's an enjoyable solo excursion encompassing many moods. Hines Catch-up is particularly interesting being, in essence, an update on the first modern jazz pianist - Earl Hines.
It's Personal is one of those albums that immediately claim exclusive rights to the CD machine.
As Downbeat wrote of Wofford, "One of the outstanding pianists of our time."
Once more Capri Records have come up with the goods.
Mike Wofford - It's Personal was released June 18.
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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