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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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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

CD Review: Jeff Richman - Sizzle.

(Review by Steve T).
Another fine, basic, fusion album by a guitarist and I've given up second-guessing which of them will sell, largely because I don't get how the whole download culture works.
This is his seventeenth solo album and the follow-up to the critically acclaimed Hotwire from 2015. He's also recorded for TV and film and is in demand as a session musician.
To say his CV is impressive is a bit like saying the Pacific Ocean is wet. He studied privately with Pat Metheny, he's a graduate of Berkley, of a similar vintage to Stern, Frisell and DeMiola, and has played with a veritable who's who, including Ray Barretto, Flora Purim, Airto Moreira, Chico Hamilton, Deodato, Blood Sweat and Tears, Gerry Mulligan, Ronnie Laws, Ernie Watts, Harvey Mason, John Klemmer, Meshell Ndegeocello, Billy Cobham and the Yellowjackets. 
It's funky, a bit rocky at times, the playing is remarkable, particularly from the leader, but also by the guests bringing variety just ahead of it becoming samey. So we get a fine piano solo on Samaya, great flugel on Oracle and excellent tenor on Sweet and Hit Parade, which I doubt it will get anywhere near.
Comparisons with seventies fusion are inevitable and he plays mostly  solid body guitars - a Strat and a Tele - and comparisons could include Steve Khan, Eric Gale, Bill Connors, who preceded Al DeMiola in the Jazz-rock version of Return to Forever, and Carlos Santana, whose influence by and on Jazz has yet to be fully recognised.
There are more fusion credentials in the shape of a bass guitar solo during Jimmy Palm.
Just for You features the leader on a more classic Jazz guitar sound (which the premier player of the era - George Benson - stuck with throughout the seventies), presumably either his Gibson 335 or his Jim Hall, both of which feature during the album.
The period is also evoked by the inclusion of a Fender Rhodes on this track which seems to be emerging as a classic instrument along the lines of the Hammond B3 organ.
The album's been out a while and is recommended to guitar enthusiasts and fusionistas.
Steve T.
Jeff Richman (guitars); George Whitty (keyboards); Jimmy Haslip (bass);Vinnie Colaiuta (drums) + Jeff Beal (trumpet, flugel); Bob Mintzer (tenor sax); Taylor Eigsti (keyboards); Mitchel Forman (Fender Rhodes); Will Lee (bass); Gergo Borlai (drums). 

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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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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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