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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 Monday September 25

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Classic Swing - Marquis of Granby, Streetgate, Sunniside NE16 5ES. 0191 4880954. 1pm. Free. New mainstream gig w. Bob Wade (trumpet); Olive Rudd (vocal) and other familiar faces.
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Alastair Lord (trumpet) & Kris Thomsett (organ) - St. Nicholas Cathedral, St. Nicholas Square, Newcastle NE1 1PF. 1:05. Free (retiring collection).
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Evening.
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Tuesday, June 03, 2014

CD Review: Nick Malcolm Quartet - Beyond These Voices

Nick Malcolm (trumpet), Alexander Hawkins (piano), Olie Brice (double bass) &  Mark Whitlam (drums) + Corey Mwamba (vibraphone)
(Review by Russell).
Beyond These Voices is the Nick Malcolm Quartet’s second CD release in three years. Trumpeter Malcolm has recruited some of the key figures of a new generation of UK musicians working across a shifting, frequently invisible, boundary of composed and improvised music. Seven of the nine tracks are Malcolm compositions, the others are improvised pieces (one by Malcolm and bassist Olie Brice, one by pianist Alexander Hawkins and drummer Mark Whitlam).
Sidereal hears Malcolm’s full-toned trumpet coaxed by Hawkins, underpinned by the brushes then sticks of Whitlam. There’s Lead in Their Pencils is a tumbling, off kilter bop-like workout wrapped up in guest Corey Mwamba’s playful interjections. Grimes opens with Malcolm’s exposed trumpet intent on making a statement come what may. Whitlam goes with him, Hawkins deliberates over dark chords, then fade into silence. Out of the nothingness Hawkins momentarily revives the piece, then once more falls silent. The first of two improvisations engages Malcolm and Brice in a short, faltering conversation with, perhaps, things to be said another time. Corey Mwamba returns on
Views in what could be described, in another context, a lush ballad. Mwamba features again on A Very Blusterous Day and the augmented group certainly blows up a storm. Improvisation II pairs Hawkins and Whitlam in another to-be-continued dialogue, cut short by some serious playing on It’s Alright, We’re Going to the Zoo. Olie Brice’s neo    -funk bass line tempts Whitlam to take it in a drum ‘n’ bass direction amidst an all too short rhythmic pattern on which Malcolm rides triumphant. The album closes with Where, Beyond These Voices, There is Peace. Nick Malcolm has written of his interest   in the silence beyond the notes. Music is about the silence, its intervals, the emergent sound is the music. Malcolm’s trumpet is curious as to what lies beyond. His journey is only just beginning. Beyond These Voices is a favourite album of 2014. It is available now on Green Eyes Records (GE15).   
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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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.)
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