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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 Saturday September 23

Scarborough Jazz Festival - Day two of three.
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Evening
Bradley Johnston (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Rockafellas - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
Tobie Carpenter Organ Trio - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £10.
Thin Man + Jon Gordon - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. Free.
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Nikki Iles & Stan Sulzmann - Great Hall, Hexham Abbey, Hexham NE46 3NB. 10pm. £10/£8.
Pat McMahon Trio - Tannery, Gilesgate, Hexham NE46 3QD. 01434 605537. 9pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, September 11, 2017

CD Review: Enrico Pieranunzi Trio - Yesterdays.

Enrico Pieranunzi (piano);  Mads Vinding (bass); Alex Riel (drums).
(Review by Lance).
Recorded live in 1997, at the Copenhagen Jazzhouse, and released 20 years later, Yesterdays may seem an appropriate title. However, listening to the Jerome Kern tune of the same name that occupies the first 11:30 of the album, I'd have plumped for Today. The album notes make comparision with Keith Jarrett and maybe there are similarities but, to me, Pieranunzi is much more accessible and he swings. Swings, not in a historical way but in the present time. It may have been recorded 20 years ago but it could have been recorded 20 minutes ago and no one would have known!
Gary Peacock's Vignette is sensitive, explorative and maybe there's a faint suggestion of Bill Evans which is never a bad thing. Vinding's solo would have got the nod from the composer.
Fats may have had a few reservations about the intro to his Jitterbug Waltz - the oft repeated cries of Mercy! that permeated so many of his recordings may have taken on a totally different meaning here! Fortunately, preliminaries over, once the head started rolling, he'd have stopped rolling in his grave and the Mercy would have been an approving one.
A Nameless Date by Pieranunzi. An enigmatic title. Maybe deserving of an explanatory lyric - the tune is well capable of handling one.
If there's a more daunting prospect for me than facing 3 minutes of Summertime then it's being confronted with 12:48 of My Funny Valentine - not funny!
As it turns out, Piernunzi, whilst remaining faithful to the tune (about as faithful as Bluebeard was to his wives...)
does the song proud with some great piano, sound bass and a drummer who's saying: "Rodgers and who?"
Many have told me that My Foolish Heart is their all-time favourite ballad and it's certainly high on my list. Equally, others have claimed the Bill Evans Trio take on the tune to be one of the greatest jazz ballad recordings.
Which leads me to the conclusion that it really is one helluva tune and this version does nothing to suggest otherwise.
Likewise, Howard Schwartz's If There is Someone Lovelier Than You. A new one - to me - demonstrating just how many GASbook items are still waiting to be rediscovered! 
Alex Riel gives it some stick(s) and Mads Vinding does what he does best with the leader rewriting the tune.
Twenty years? I ask you!
Strangely, in 1997, the trio recorded The Kingdom (Where Nobody Dies) which went on to become one of the Stunt Label's all-time 10 best sellers.
Come September [22] Yesterdays will be available on Stunt - STUCD17072 and distributed in the UK by Discovery.
Lance.

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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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