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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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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

CD Review: Ben Bryden - Glasgow Dreamer - The Music of Ivor Cutler

Ben Bryden (tenor, harmonium), Reinier Baas (guitar, piano, harmonium), Mark Schilders (drums), Tom Berkmann (bass).
(Review by Steve T)
According to the notes this is Indie Jazz and I may have been better prepared had I read it first and may not be the ideal person to review it.
The instrumentation is largely sax, guitar, bass and drums which several sources have told me is the new frontline of choice instead of trumpet and sax, which may be bad news for trumpeters and pianists. I personally think the sax and guitar play well off each other and I like the space created as the guitar switches from comping to soloing. 
The first couple of tracks put this to good use with strong melodies and the leader has a distinctive tone reminding me of someone but I can't think who, so if anyone hears it and has any ideas, please help me out.
For the most part the indie comes from the guitarist who adopts a jingly jangly sound favoured by mid-sixties beat groups before Clapton and Hendrix changed everything, and was revived post punk-rock while musicianship was still scorned which has mercifully receded in recent years.
No question of his ability, though his runs occasionally seem predictable, but the sound actually works very well.
On track three The Meadows Go we get the indie style as well as the sound and this is where the problem starts for me. I don't have a problem with fusion and believe all music is fusion at some level. Nor do I necessarily have a problem where the respective musics seem incompatible or even contradictory. Nevertheless, this didn't work for me, not least because I believe indie bands are more interested in creating media myths by constructing a perception of difference from other pop groups deemed less 'authentic'.
The next few tracks continue as before but the introduction of a harmonium, sounding like an accordion, on track eight 74 to Dumfries left me somewhat bewildered.
Apart from the two tracks, there's some good Jazz on offer and anybody into indie, Britpop, punk-rock or even sixties guitar groups may find it of interest, but it's not for me.
Steve T.
Glasgow Dreamer - The Music of Ivor Cutler - samples/buy.

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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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