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Bebop Spoken There

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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Saturday, March 26, 2016

CD Review: Leslie Pintchik - True North

Leslie Pintchik (pno); Steve  Wilson (ten/sop on 6 tks); Ron Horton (tpt on 6 tks); Scott Hardy (bs); Michael Sarin (dms); Satoshi Takeishi (perc).
(Review by Lance).
Ms. Pintchik's fifth CD is the second one that's come up for review on BSH -  the previous disc, In the Nature of Things, turned up just under two years ago and was favourably received by this reviewer. Likewise, this new album also hits the spot. Pintchik's delicate, but not effete style, brings to mind Ramsey Lewis and Ahmad Jamal - the notes also compare her with Ralph Burns. 

Never having heard Burns as a featured piano soloist, I cannot comment on that. However, knowing Burns' work for Woody Herman as a composer and arranger I'd say that is where the similarities lay. The six originals are truly worthy of Burns and, indeed, any other jazz composer but they are Leslie's and worthy of becoming a part of the standard jazz repertoire.
The two horns kick delicacy into touch on most of the six tracks where they open their cases. It adds contrast in the way that Dijon Mustard gives a touch of piquancy to a medium rare steak. Their lyrical side emerges on the title track where soprano and flugel decorate Pintchik's musical cake most tastefully.
The horns are on the bench for the non-originals. Beautiful interpretations of Imagine; Falling in Love Again; Charade and For All We Know - the latter recorded live at Scullers in Boston. Hardy and Sarin are sound and unobtrusive throughout with Takeishi' percussion gently floating.
It would be wonderful to hear Pintchik in the UK but I guess we'll just have to make do with CDs or else take a trip over to Manhattan for the CD release concert at Jazz at Kitano - 66 Park Avenue, NYC. This takes place on Friday, May 13 - not a good date to be flying!
The album was released yesterday (March 25) on Pintch Hard Records.
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.
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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