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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, April 27, 2016

CD Review: Tom Bancroft: Trio Red – Lucid Dreamers

Tom Bancroft (drums), Tom Cawley (piano) & Per Zanussi (bass)
(Review by Russell)
Lucid Dreamers is Trio Red’s follow up album to their 2012 debut recording First Hello to Last Goodbye. Drummer Tom Bancroft contributes two compositions (the opening and closing tracks), five tunes were written by the trio and three other numbers complete a ten track package.
Tom Bancroft and pianist Tom Cawley had previously worked together and their meeting bassist Per Zanussi for the first time in the recording studio created this enduring working relationship as Trio Red. 
Bancroft’s impish Saturday Afternoon (with Sophie) suggests an afternoon ‘hanging out with his then three year old’ was unalloyed joy. In contrast, Lucid Dreamers closes the album in serious mood. Written during turbulent times in Tblisi with an all too recent civil war at the forefront of Georgians’ minds, the composition is dark in content, evolving into a wonderful trio performance with Cawley’s piano at its heart.
Trio Red’s sense of humour runs through several of the tracks including Mr McFat Puts on his Socks and Monsieur Pompouse Takes a Stroll. A swing feel surfaces from time to time, not least on Mingus’ Jump Monk. Contemporary developments are referenced in the group composition Acoustica Electronica (Tom Cawley came to prominence in Acoustic Ladyland) on an album sure to reward fans of the piano trio and those interested in group improvisation.
Trio Red’s Lucid Dreamers is released on Interupto Music (IM005) on Friday 29 April on CD and as a download. A promotional tour takes Bancroft, Cawley and Zanussi to the Blue Lamp, Aberdeen (May 12), Glad Café, Glasgow (13), a Bancroft home town gig at  the Village Hall, Pathead (14), Soundhouse@Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh (16) and a gig at the Vortex, London (17).
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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