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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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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Francois Bourassa Quartet Lit & Phil, Newcastle. October 7

Francois Bourassa (piano), André Leroux (tenor & soprano saxophones), Guy Boisvert (double bass) & Greg Ritchie (drums)
(Review by Russell, photos by Ken Drew).
Pianist Francois Bourassa sported a black t-shirt bearing the legend Effendi. The genial Canadian clearly took the opportunity to promote the Toronto-based record label on which his 2011 CD Idiosyncrasie was released. 
The two sets heard at the Lit & Phil featured material from the CD and an earlier album – Rasstones. The live experience differed markedly to the recorded output. Frequently smiling, Bourassa played rattling good, swinging piano, encouraging, then responding to, the in-the-pocket bass and drums of long-time cohorts Guy Boisvert and Greg Ritchie. Isola from Idiosyncrasie started proceedings and the quartet confirmed that they could play, then some! Bourassa has known and worked with his band mates for years and it showed. André Leroux opened his account on tenor with conviction, possessing ‘front man’ presence. Chant Poo from Rasstones saw him switch to soprano, weaving in and out of Bourassa’s clock work nursery rhyme. A three-part suite – the ‘German’ – from the 2011 release held the audience rapt; big tenor and scintillating, swinging piano trio playing drawing loud applause. The second set heard Haiku-Darmstadt and from Rasstones the deceptive Nationz – a ballad beginning, developing into a robust up-tempo group workout. Bourassa’s quartet proved to be a well-honed unit focusing on group improvisation with the bonus of Leroux taking command from time to time, an extended tenor-drums (Greg Ritchie) exchange a particular highlight. CD sales were brisk, most going during the interval, the rest by the end of the night. As so often is the case, the live experience won out. A good gig with a decent crowd in, all in all a good night of contemporary jazz.  
Russell.       

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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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