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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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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

CD Review: Zhenya Strigalev – Never Group

Zhenya Strigalev (alto saxophone), Tim Lefebvre (bass) & Eric Harland (drums) + Bruno Liberda (electronics), John Escreet (keyboards), Alex Bonney (trumpet), Matt Penman (double bass) & Charles Armstrong (voice intro)
(Review by Russell)
This new release from Michael Janisch’s Whirlwind Recordings, featuring altoist Zhenya  Strigalev’s Never Group, adds another dimension to the enterprising bassist’s burgeoning catalogue. The core trio – Strigalev, bassist Tim Lefebvre and Eric Harland (drums) – has a story to tell. Twenty tracks, spanning seventy-four minutes, are rooted in post-jazz drum and bass grooves navigating a post-industrial electronica landscape.
The Never Group’s groove merchants are the brilliant Tim Lefebvre and Eric Harland. Of the twenty numbers, seven are written by the trio. Strigalev’s linear solos develop out of a series of ferocious intros laid down by his band mates. Several numbers are tagged ‘coda 1’, ‘coda 2’ and so on, some with fade-outs. The sense of it is that material was abundant, the tape machine was running and the musicians played and kept on playing. Track one is a spoken introduction by Charles Armstrong, from track two – Bio Active – the musicians take centre stage. Seven minutes of urgent, dynamic playing, Bio Active, is, perhaps, the album’s creative peak.   
Bruno Liberda’s electronics contribute significantly to the CD’s sound, Plastiksackerl im Wind and Heimwehharfe being two examples of his craft while other contributors have a less prominent, but no less effective, part to play. John Escreet (keyboards) convincingly conjures the sound of a church organ on Are You Manageable? Alex Bonney plays a little trumpet (in additional to mixing and editing duties) and double bassist Matt Penman is in there somewhere.
Russell.
Zhenya Strigalev’s CD Never Group is released on Friday 1 April on Michael Janisch’s Whirlwind Recordings (WR4685).       

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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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