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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 Friday September 22

Scarborough Jazz Festival - Day one of three.
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Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
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Zoe Gilby Quartet - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Kentucky Cowtippers - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
Sean Noonan: Memorable Sticks - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £8/£6.
Backyard Rhythm Orchestra + Monkey Puzzle - o2 Academy, Newcastle. Doors 6:30pm. Curfew 10pm.
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Dave Newton & Dean Stockdale - Traveller's Rest, 2 West Auckland Rd., Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER. 8:30pm. £10.
Smokin' Spitfires - Forum Music Centre, Borough Rd., Darlington DL1 1SG. 7:30pm. £10.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

CD Review: Kristian Borring – Silent Storm

Kristian Borring (guitar), Arthur Lea (piano), Mick Coady (double bass) & Jon Scott (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Guitarist Kristian Borring’s regular working band went into the studio to record this new release on the back of a concert tour and it shows. On Silent Storm the quartet fires on all cylinders from the opening number. Borring wrote all ten tracks on the album, coming in at just under one hour. The first two numbers (When He Goes Out to Play and Ton) take no time getting into the swing of it. Borring plays with a contemporary edge whilst never losing his firm grip on the jazz guitar lexicon.
Mick Coady’s double bass playing and Jon Scott’s drumming are prominent on Ton with a sense of swing at the heart of it all. Borring’s intro to Intro to Islington Twilight gives a clear indication of the guitarist’s appreciation of the great  jazz guitar accompanists such as Jim Hall and Joe Pass. More is the pity that there is but one minute forty-five seconds of it! Islington Twilight itself moves into current groove territory.
Pianist Arthur Lea shines on the swift, swinging Cool It. Borring elects to keep out of the way, the trio swinging, latterly joining proceedings with a beautifully executed solo of his own. The title track – Silent Storm – is a masterful exposition of jazz guitar and the small jazz combo. Borring has certainly found empathetic bandmates in Lea, Coady and Scott. Drummer Scott’s brush work on Silent Storm is particularly impressive. Pianist Lea has a knack of playing the right thing at the right time, exemplified on Nosda, first soloing then comping behind bandleader Borring. Fable closes the CD. Blindfold, one could easily be playing the game of ‘name that tune’. Familiar, yet, it is, of course, a Borring composition.
Kristian Borring’s Silent Storm takes its place on the album shelves alongside recordings by Jim Hall, Barney Kessel and Joe Pass.                          
Russell.
Silent Storm by Kristian Borring is available on Jellymould Jazz (JM-JJ024).

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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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