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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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Thursday September 21

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:oopm. Free.
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Tees Valley Jazzmen - White Horse Hotel, Burtree Lane, Harrowgate Hill, Darlington DL1 3AD. 1:30pm. Free. 01325 463262.

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Evening.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. Free.
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Courtney Pine: Black Notes from the Deep - Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR. 7:30pm. £25.60. 0191 4434661.
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Katie Mac (w. 6 piece band) - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.
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Emma Fisk & James Birkett - St. Cuthbert's Church, Shadforth DH6 1LF. 7:30pm.
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Pocket Jazz Orchestra: Jazz & Tapas - No. 60, Arc, Dovecote St., Stockton TS18 1LL. 7pm. £10.
Tees Hot Club w. Alan Marshall (saxes); Kevin Eland (trumpet); Ted Pearce (keys) - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.01642 678129.
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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Euan Burton Quartet @ The Globe - Dec. 12

Euan Burton (bass); Adam Jackson (alto); Tom Gibbs (piano); Alyn Cosker (dms).
(Review by Minnie Fraser/Photo courtesy of Steve Horowitz/Gavin).
The band arrived in good time despite the weather - apparently there was no snow in Glasgow. This was the last date of their UK tour which had seen them travel the length of the country from Aberdeen to Poole in Dorset. Sadly, a number of those who had been planning to attend were prevented by a heavy fall of snow. However, the audience who did make it were very appreciative.
Euan Burton, who played his amazing fold away double bass brilliantly, has assembled an excellent quartet. Tom Gibbs, seen recently with Brian Molley at the Globe, exemplary on piano, Adam Jackson, sublime on alto sax and Alyn Cosker provided precocious percussion at the kit.
Two sets of original music made all the more enjoyable by Euan's explanations of their meaning or what they were meant to evoke.

The Implication, a name greatly simplified after a reviewer had said the tune had the worst title they had ever heard of! Well, we don't have mean reviewers like that here, especially as we would like to welcome these guys back again sometime!  Who cares about the name anyway when the music is so amazing!  Cosker's drumming was incredibly skilful - using sticks, brushes, mallets and occasionally bare hands - producing a great variety of sound ranging from driving rhythms that dominated down to gentle stroking of snare and closed hi-hat in the quieter moments.
Jackson was exceptional on alto sax, displaying an incredible range of musical gymnastics, from smooth tuneful and gentle, to soaring runs and occasional staccato. Gibbs gave wonderful accompaniment on the piano, but his solos were well worth waiting for. Burton's excellent double bass underpinned all the music, but he really came into his own when soloing although he wasn't greedy in that respect despite having composer's prerogative.
The variety in Burton's compositions gave us a very entertaining evening. Six was a good example of variety in a single piece (this tune is called "six" because it is the sixth track on Burton's album "Occurrences").  This was introduced as a piece about being dumped and veering from angry hate to sad heartbreak. The moods in the piece were clearly identifiable in loud and dissonant anger resolving into tuneful contemplative quietness with mournful sax and piano accompanied by gentle bass and very quiet brushing on the drums.
Earlier in the set we were treated to Any Given Sunday a title inspired by the amount of good live music available on a Sunday in Glasgow. Burton then admitted that it was only the title that was this inspired and the music had nothing to do with that!  We soon forgave him when he said he would rename it Any Given Saturday and dedicated it to Jazz Coop at The Globe!
The Quartet finished the evening with South to evoke a place with a warm climate. This piece started off with a lovely bass and drums duet with Cosker making the most of his toms and cross-sticks. The piano and sax joined in tunefully with smooth melodies interspersed with staccato play/pause. This built up to a crescendo leading to an excellent drum solo using the whole kit where Cosker's sticks were a blur! Well-deserved applause finished the evening. CDs were in sale at the end and Burton said "Christmas is coming, what better present is there than a cd of progressive jazz by someone you have never heard of?"  
Well you have heard of him now!
Minnie.

2 comments :

  1. Thanks Minnie, as one one of the 'weather wimps' please explain the 'fold away double bass.'

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    1. I have never seen one before - he loosened the strings, slid something and disconnected the neck which was then stowed inside the body through a section of the back which lifts out. The leg at the bottom also went inside. He said it was the only way they could get everything into one car - which is important for all their travelling!

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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.
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