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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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Friday, October 11, 2013

CD Review: New York Voices - Let It Snow.


Kim Nazarian,Lauren Kinhan, Darmon Meader, Peter Eldridge (vcl) + big band and strings..
(Review by Lance)
If you're dining at home this Christmas, before you order the duck or the goose have a gander at this CD - it certainly ain't no turkey!
The New York Voices, in my opinion, currently the best vocal ensemble around, have produced a Christmas album that invites comparison with any vocal album of recent years and I don't just mean Yuletide offerings.

The opening Let It Snow has a Herman First Herd intro that sets up the songsters to display their rich, harmonic, tapestry - it also includes a cracking tenor solo by Meader who pops up elsewhere on soprano. Oh yes and he also arranges most of the numbers! . Think Man Tran, Hi-Lo's, Freshmen, Swingles and you soon realise that NYV are in that league - some might say they are heading it. This is perfect festival period music. It contains carols but, without a hint of sacrilege, they swing like as if the choir had OD'd on incense and communion wine!
Apart from the carols and Snow there's Christmas Song, Holiday for Strings and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Your guests will also appreciate the lack of White Christmas, Little Donkey, Winter Wonderland and Rudolph - if they want them they can nip down to their nearest supermarket!
And, unlike many Christmas presents,  it won't be forgotten after Boxing Day! I'll still be playing this at Easter! 
The CD New York Voices - Let It Snow is due for release on October 29 on the Five Cent Label.
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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