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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 Saturday September 23

Scarborough Jazz Festival - Day two of three.
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Evening
Bradley Johnston (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Rockafellas - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
Tobie Carpenter Organ Trio - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £10.
Thin Man + Jon Gordon - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. Free.
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Nikki Iles & Stan Sulzmann - Great Hall, Hexham Abbey, Hexham NE46 3NB. 10pm. £10/£8.
Pat McMahon Trio - Tannery, Gilesgate, Hexham NE46 3QD. 01434 605537. 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.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

CD Review: Jason Rebello – Anything But Look.

Jason Rebello – keyboards, bass, backing vocals; Troy Miller – drums, guitar, percussion; Pino Palladino –  bass; Karl Rasheed-Abel – acoustic  bass; Paul Stacey – guitar; Jeremy Stacey – drums; George Rebello – drums; Miles Bould – percussion; Tim Garland – flute, bass clarinet.
Guest vocalists – Joy Rose, Omar, Jacob Collier, Xantone Blacq, Will Downing, Sumudu Jayatilaka, Alicia Carroll, Aja Downing.
(Review by Debra M.)
 Since his emergence in the late 1980’s, pianist Jason Rebello’s musical versatility has taken him all over the world, playing and recording with mainstream artists such as Sting, Jeff Beck and Peter Gabriel.  ‘Anything But Look’, an album of soul infused jazz,  pulls together his many influences,  and features his new trio of Karl Rasheed-Abel on acoustic  bass & Troy Miller on drums, plus a host of guests.
Opening with the funky ‘Know What You Need’,  Omar’s warm rich tones  fit right into the groove.  In the following   ‘Man On The Train’, the lighter, sweeter voice of Sumudu Jayatilawa  tells the tale of a middle aged commuter fascinated by a beautiful young woman on a train, literally a vehicle  for reflection on the outward signs of ageing, masking  the inner youthful soul. Well we might have heard  that story before, but probably not with this combination of musical charm and lyrical poignance. The melodic, groove  filled pieces  give  plenty of scope for  Rebello’s improvisation,  underpinned by  tight dynamic arrangements,   pivotal to which are Troy Miller on drums (who also produced & mixed  the album) and bassists Karl Rasheed-Abel and Pino Palladino.  A  recurring  device is Rebello’s use of vocal and keyboard melodic  lines  in unison, particularly effective in the time signature shifting ‘In The Thick Of It’, where  Jacob Collier’s voice is used entirely instrumentally. Two of the tracks were composed with guest vocalists; the single  release ‘New Joy , sung and co-written by Joy Rose, is a slow funky number, and also includes Tim Garland on bass clarinet. The second  is the  potential  floor  filler ‘Lighten Up The Load’ featuring  Xantone Blacq, which has a Latin  feel with layered grooves and rhythms, reminiscent of Stevie Wonder around the time of ‘Songs in The Key of Life’. In contrast, the jazz rocks in ‘Dark Night Of The Soul’ featuring the operatic  Alicia Carroll, and ‘With Immediate Effect’ , the latter with Jeremy Stacey on drums and Paul Stacey on guitar.  Rebello’s  career so far has been diverse and accomplished, but in his return to  his own  compelling  jazz project  ‘Anything But Look’ he has created an outstanding  album .
CD available from www.jasonrebello.co.uk
Debra M.

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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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