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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. 2nd of 6 consecutive gigs. 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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Saturday, October 05, 2013

CD Review: John Escreet - Sabotage and Celebration

John Escreet - Piano, Fender Rhodes; David Binney - Alto/Sop Saxophones; Chris Potter –  Tenor Saxophone; Matt Brewer –Bass; Jim Black – Drums. With Adam Rogers- Guitar(tracks 5&7); Louis Cole and Genevieve Artadi, Nina Geiger  Vocals (track 7)
(Review by Steve H.)
This album release could be more poignant with the US in budget and debt crisis dominating world economic affairs. Doncaster born John Escreet  resident New Yorker since 2006  composed the bulk of the music during Hurricane Sandy shortly before the last US presidential election.

The album begins with a dreamy string introduction Axis of Hope which rolls seamlessly into He Who Dares a cracking contemporary ensemble piece. The title track begins slowly with a sparse introduction from Escreet the strings than join in softly before the piece explodes with an exhilarating cacophony of noise from the all of the players this represents the perceived ‘Sabotage’ of Obamas’s campaign.by various degrees of subterfuge preventing voters casting their ballet The ‘Celebration’ then begins representing Obama’s victory the rhythm section  takes over  with an invigorating mid section before the horns bring us to a triumphant finale. The Decapitator is a more tranquil piece played just by the trio. Laura Angela features Escreet on Fender Rhodes and is a relatively funky number. Animal Style is a robust number with truly wonderful solo’s by both saxophonists. The album concludes with Beyond Your Wildest Dreams featuring some fascinating vocals  as the title alludes the listener is taken on a glorious magical musical uplifting journey full of hope and promise.
This is a really enjoyable album and has certainly inspired me to get hold of Escreet’s previous work. Sadly we are once again in a period of ‘Sabotage’ as far as Obama is concerned and this reviewer is looking forward to the time when the US gets it’s act together so we can begin to ‘Celebrate’ once more.
Available October 15.
Steve H.


1 comment :

  1. Hi Steve thanks for the review. Do you recommend any other particular work of Escreet's?

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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.
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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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