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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 Monday September 25

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Classic Swing - Marquis of Granby, Streetgate, Sunniside NE16 5ES. 0191 4880954. 1pm. Free. New mainstream gig w. Bob Wade (trumpet); Olive Rudd (vocal) and other familiar faces.
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Alastair Lord (trumpet) & Kris Thomsett (organ) - St. Nicholas Cathedral, St. Nicholas Square, Newcastle NE1 1PF. 1:05. Free (retiring collection).
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Evening.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

CD Review: Peter Jones - Utopia.

Peter Jones (vcl); Henry Lowther (tpt/flug); Nigel Price (gtr); Neil Angilley (pno/keys); Misha Mullov-Abbado (bs); Davide Giovannini (dms).
(Review by Lance).
I usually take the publicist's blurb with a pinch of salt - useful for background info - otherwise to be filed alongside a snake oil salesman's manifesto.
However, there are exceptions and, with this disc, the snake oil people at Howlin' Wolf have got it just right!
I listened to the CD - knocked out - and found my response pretty close to what the snake oil dispenser had come up with!
Comparisions with Elling, Mark Murphy and Georgie Fame all held water. The solos - Lowther, Price, Angilley all fantastic and swinging like the proverbial. Great to have a guy up there with all those gals who grab the attention (start typing Mr. PC)!
I missed Jones' first album for Howlin' Werewolf Records - One Way Ticket to Palookaville - how could I have missed that one - Vasy was on it!? Greatest album title ever!
The title of this one isn't bad either! 
A choice of tunes across the genre divide. Gassers such as: It Could Happen To You; A Lull in My Life; Spring Can Really Hang You etc. and Sinatra's It Was a Very Good Year. Pop classics viz; Save Your Love For me and Spanish Harlem. Instrumentals with lyrics added by Jones - Turrentine's Sugar, Coltrane's Impressions and the Love Theme From Chinatown.
This is crooning, and I don't mean cloning, for today.
Lance.
Peter Jones - Utopia is due to be launched on Feb. 17 at Soho's Spice of Life.

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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