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Bebop Spoken There

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 Sunday September 24

Scarborough Jazz Festival - Day three of three.
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Afternoon.
More Jam - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
Ian Harrington (solo piano) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
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Mick Shoulder's Swing Manouche - Claypath Delicatessen, Durham DH1 1QS. 0191 3407209. 4pm. £5.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's, 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Blues Jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Jazz Tones - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm. £4.
Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.
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Evening
The Blueswater - Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle NE1 2PQ 0191 2304474
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Chris Martin - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 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.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

CD Review: Tipping Point – The Earthworm’s Eye View

James Mainwaring (tenor & soprano saxophones, effects), Matthew Bourne (Fender Rhodes), Michael Bardon (double bass) & Joost Hendrickx (drums)
(Review by Russell).
Tipping Point is James Mainwaring’s new project. Roller Trio’s reeds man is joined by fellow Leeds College of Music graduates Mick Bardon and Joost Hendrickx and one of their tutors, pianist Matthew Bourne. The CD is the second to be released on Lamplight Social Records, the label set up by saxophonist Mainwaring.
Ten tracks – five of them improvisations – composed by Mainwaring, The Earthworm’s Eye View is a departure from the riotous abandon of  one-time Mercury Prize contenders Roller Trio. The presence of Bourne playing Fender Rhodes is surely a significant factor in the playful group improvisations. Rat Bucket, an improvised piece constructed upon a three bar riff and twelve bar melody gets to the heart of the music. Quiet, organic improv, Mainwaring’s tenor lines working off  Bourne’s dense, shifting Fender Rhodes.
Bigsaw Jigsaw veers from the improvised to the notated, flitting from one to the other in a split second, back and forth, piecing together the composition at breakneck pace. Mick Bardon’s low-in-the-mix bass playing rumbles assuredly throughout the album and Joost Hendrickx’s drumming is in-the-pocket, variously encouraging and responding to effects thrown into the mix. ‘Effects’ or ‘FX’ can be seen – and heard – as one of Mainwaring’s instruments on The Earthworm’s View. The eponymous track successfully incorporates a tenor/FX sound with Fender Rhodes and the bristling energy of Bardon and Hendrickx.
Russell.
The Earthworm’s View on Lamplight Social Records (LRSCD00 2) is released on October 9.
Russell.         

1 comment :

  1. Tipping Point play a jazz North East gig at the Bridge Hotel, Newcastle on Sunday 8th November in a double bill with the Long Lonesome Go.

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