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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 Sunday September 24

Scarborough Jazz Festival - Day three of three.
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Afternoon.
More Jam - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
Ian Harrington (solo piano) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
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Mick Shoulder's Swing Manouche - Claypath Delicatessen, Durham DH1 1QS. 0191 3407209. 4pm. £5.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's, 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Blues Jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Jazz Tones - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm. £4.
Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.
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Evening
The Blueswater - Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle NE1 2PQ 0191 2304474
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Chris Martin - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

CD Review: The Bannau Trio - Point of View.

Nia Lynn (voice); Gareth Lochrane (flutes); Ross Stanley (piano) + Norma Winstone.
(Review by Lance)
The guiding principle for the Bannau Trio - Bannau, by the way, is Welsh for Beacon - is the freedom to roam with melody, time and texture, to draw on the influences of folk and jazz along with original works.
Nia Lynn has a deadpan cool delivery that adapts well to the material, a mix of wordless passages and intelligent phrasing of lyric and melody. Her initial inspiration, Norma Winstone, pops up on one track and similarities can be detected.
Gareth Lochrane provides some fizzing fluting - is their a better jazz flautist? whilst Ross Stanley, prised away from his beloved B3 proves equally adept at an 88 note grand piano. The two instrumentalists weave and intertwine behind and with the singer making this truly a well tempered triumvirate.
The standard material includes Who Can I Turn To?, Bernstein's Some Other Time, Tom Waits' Soldier's Things and Ralph Towner's Renewal. However, excellent as all these are it's the singer's own composition Lonely Ghosts that does it for me. Melody, lyric, delivery, flute's ghostlike presence as he 'flies over Africa', piano's probing presence...Magic!
Another winner from Whirlwind.
The Bannau Trio - Point of View (Whirlwind Recordings WR4645.) is launched on Saturday October 12 as part of the Whirlwind Festival at King's Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG. The official release date is November 4.
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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