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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 Friday September 22

Scarborough Jazz Festival - Day one of three.
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Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
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Zoe Gilby Quartet - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Kentucky Cowtippers - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
Sean Noonan: Memorable Sticks - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £8/£6.
Backyard Rhythm Orchestra + Monkey Puzzle - o2 Academy, Newcastle. Doors 6:30pm. Curfew 10pm.
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Dave Newton & Dean Stockdale - Traveller's Rest, 2 West Auckland Rd., Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER. 8:30pm. £10.
Smokin' Spitfires - Forum Music Centre, Borough Rd., Darlington DL1 1SG. 7:30pm. £10.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

CD Review: Partisans – Swamp

Julian Siegel - saxophones & bass clarinets;  Phil Robson – guitars; Thaddeus Kelly – bass; Gene Calderazzo – drums.
(Review by Steve H.)
The Partisans could be described as an Indie Jazz British super group - all members being stars in their own right. Swamp is the band’s fifth studio album since their formation in 1996 and the tightness and empathy in this performance are apparent throughout.
Flip the Sneck (Siegel) is a jolly opener with an easily recognisable theme.  Siegel  leads the way before Robson ends the piece with a crushing guitar solo. Low Glow (Siegal) has a great bass  background reminiscent of Miles’ 70’s era recordings complemented by Calderazzo’s sensitive drumming allowing Siegal and Robson space to flow with fine solos. 
Thin Man (Robson)  is driven by Calderazzo’s classic drumming as again Robson and Siegel serve up tasteful and interesting solos . The title track Swamp (Robson) certainly evokes the feeling of being in the middle of some whirling foggy morass. This is the ‘free-est’  and for me the most enjoyable track on the album again with a definite  Miles Davis electronic feel to it. Robson uses fascinating electronic effects whilst drum and bass really set the groove. 
Veto (Siegel) is another vehicle for the tenor player to delight with a more or less straight ahead piece and the guitar is also played in classic jazz fashion. Overview (Robson) starts with a gentle airy soprano solo before Robson takes over with one of his more imaginative guitar breaks.  Mickey (Robson) sees Siegel and Robson once more trade solos as bass and drums provide the perfect backdrop. Finally, Icicle Architects (Robson) starts with a melancholic bass clarinet solo before slowly building to a rumbling group finale.
Apart from the title track this album is more landscape garden than quagmire so for those who revel in tight well executed contemporary jazz played by a first rate ensemble this will be a fine offering. For those seeking some heavier trekking this album may be a few mud baths short of a Swamp
Swamp is released by Whirlwind Recordings Ltd. on Sept. 22.
Steve H.

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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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