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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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Tuesday, June 02, 2015

CD Review: Keith Jarrett - Creation

Keith Jarrett (piano)
(Review by Russell)
Following his 2014 worldwide concert performances pianist Keith Jarrett selected the most revelatory episodes from six concerts and sequenced them, effectively creating a new concert. In other words this new release on ECM is a collection of the best bits of Jarrett’s gigs during last year. Its issue marks the pianist’s seventieth birthday (8 May).
Nine pieces across six performances on three continents, Creation, with a total running time of 72 minutes and 30 seconds, is typical of Jarrett the solo artist. Parts one to nine (Roman numerals I-IX for gravitas) were, no doubt, created on the best pianos on Earth (nothing but the best for Mr Jarrett). Part I sets the tone; referential silence broken only by Jarrett’s vocal harmonising with his keyboard inventions. Parts II and III observe an unremitting funereal pace with suggestions of Bach, then, perhaps, a familiar ballad, no sooner lost in the ether. Other parts offer more of the same.
Location – Paris, Rome, Tokyo, Toronto – of significance to the artist (one assumes), to the listener, of no importance. Creation documents Keith Jarrett’s concert performances during 2014. This ECM release is one for the piano student. Keith Jarrett’s Creation is on ECM 472 2298.         
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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