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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.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

CD Review – Stefano Bollani – Joy In Spite of Everything

Stefano Bollani (piano), Mark Turner (tenor saxophone), Bill Frisell (guitar), Jesper Bodilsen (bass), Morten Lund (drums)
(Review by Hugh)
Stefano Bollani has had previous collaborations with Enrico Rava and Chick Corea and has also improvised solo or led a trio. On this album we find him with a transatlantic quintet powered by a Danish rhythm section and joined by guitarist Bill Frisell and saxophonist Mark Turner. The album, which comprises nine new compositions by Bollani was recorded in New York City's Avatar Studios. The albums performance configurations range from quintet to quartet to trio to duo.
The title of the work, Joy in Spite of Everything, speaks for itself and the CD opens with the jaunty, upbeat calypso number Easy Healing, featuring the mellow tones of Turner's tenor and Frisell's intricate guitar work over the rhythmic background provided by his compadres.
No Pope No Party features Turner and Frisell sequentially with the trio. This is a more straight ahead, but rhythmically intricate piece, the participants playing off against each other. Alobar e Kudra has a slight air of the mystic East and features the trio players Bollani, Bodilsen and Lund. Las Hortensias is a beautiful, pensive ballad with breathy tenor from Turner interspersed by Bodilsen's lyrical bass work, the other two trio members being in a supportive role.
The twelve minute plus centrepiece, Vale, reintroduces the quintet, still in reflective mood, with Bollani's piano featured. Teddy was written with swing era pianist Teddy Wilson in mind and features the piano – guitar duo of Bollani and Frisell. The guitar is also featured with the trio on Ismene, the melody particularly suiting Frisell's way with a tune. The full quintet are back for Tales From the Time Loop which again showcases the individual skills of the musicians, but also their complex melodic interplay. One can almost sense their interactions and this would be a great gig to see in intimate venue. The CD finishes with the title track Joy in Spite of Everything, which ups the tempo again, to finish on a high.
The were apparently no preconceptions regarding this album, the band were brought together just for the session. As Bollani explains “We went into the studio without all meeting each other. I had never met Bill, neither had Jesper and Morten. And Morten had never played with Mark. But that's what I like about jazz music: You just go in and see what happens”.
Well it certainly happened here – this is a cracking album and a pleasure to listen to. I cannot but agree with ECM's assertion that “Joy in Spite of Everything brims with an indefatigable lightness of spirit despite the inevitable shadows of life”.
Hugh.
The CD was released in the UK on August 25 and is available under the ECM catalogue number 378 4459.

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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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