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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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Sunday, February 07, 2016

CD Review: Avishai Cohen - Into the Silence.

Avishai Cohen: trumpet; Yonathan Avishai: piano; Eric Revis:bass; Nasheet Watts:drums; Bill McHenry tenor sax
(Review by Steve H).
Avishai Cohen is one of my favourite musicians of all time so I was very excited when asked to review this CD. As a poignant Miles Davis style solo emerged from the speakers I checked the album cover to find this rather beautiful trumpet player was indeed Avishai Cohen. What an amazing talent not only is he a world class bassist, composer, arranger and occasional pianist he is also a trumpet virtuoso as well. Somehow I didn’t think this was possible and further research led me to the happy discovery of ‘the other’ AC.
The music was composed 6 months after the death of his father. The opening track Life and Death sets the tone of the entire album - brooding, melancholy, sensitive and moving. Dream Like a Child is a reference to how his father’s family couldn’t afford to give him music lessons so he made sure all of his 3 children had the opportunity denied to him. This was a clear success as all 3 of his children (Avishai, Anat & Yuval) went on to become professional musicians even forming a successful family band ‘The  3 Cohens’. This piece, at just over 15 minutes, builds up from a classical style introduction to a more up-tempo conclusion driven by the very sympathetic rhythm section.
The title track Into The Silence is an angsty more abstract piece featuring Yonathan Avishai on piano and has a haunting feel to it.  Quiescence has a somewhat lighter tone to it with Cohen playing at his most Miles-like with a hypnotic bass line in the background from Waits. Behind the Broken Glass features Bill McHenry on tenor but is dominated by Cohen’s almost waling trumpet. A piano only reprise of Life and Death brings the album to a gentle, subtle and moving, conclusion.
As the subject matter dictates, this a pensive, sombre album not one to take to a party perhaps but rather one to listen to when in a quiet contemplative mood.
Steve.
Avishai Cohen - Into the Silence released Feb. 12 on ECM.

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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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