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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. New residency 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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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

CD Review: Vijay Iyer - Far From Over

Vijay Iyer (piano/Rhodes); Graham Haynes (cornet/flugel/electronics); Steve Lehman (alto); Mark Shim (tenor); Stephan Crump (bass); Tyshawn Storey (drums).
(Review by Lance).
Most of the BSH reviewers (myself included) tend to eye ECM releases with suspicion never quite sure what lies ahead for them (us) as they (we) press the play button. Justifiably so. Releases from the German label can sometimes be boring, sometimes the jazz content questionable and sometimes so far into the left field they're almost coming out the other side. However, when they get it right, they really do get it right and they get it right with this one.
How could they not? With multi Down Beat award winner, Iyer in the driving seat and on the piano stool, the dice couldn't have been better loaded in their favour.
It's a punchy sextet that strides confidently towards the future without forgetting where the music came from. The fact that Haynes is the son of drum legend Roy Haynes, that Shim has the big sound associated with past masters of the tenor sax and that Lehman studied with Jackie McLean ensured that the past couldn't be forgotten whilst at the same time they sought new pastures to explore.
Iyer combines his own searching brilliance with that of Crump and Storey to make what is more than just a rhythm section but front-liners in their own right.
As well as his keyboard contributions, Iyer also composed the 10 pieces and they are truly original , offering so many moods of both joy and sorrow.
The final track, Threnody (don't ask!) is, like the album, compelling, demanding listening. Music that will stay with you long after the final track has faded.
Lance.
Available from August 25 on CD ECM 2581. Also available as a 2-LP set.
The Vijay Iyer Sextet perform Far From Over at London's Wigmore Hall on October 13.

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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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