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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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Thursday September 21

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:oopm. Free.
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Tees Valley Jazzmen - White Horse Hotel, Burtree Lane, Harrowgate Hill, Darlington DL1 3AD. 1:30pm. Free. 01325 463262.

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Evening.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. Free.
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Courtney Pine: Black Notes from the Deep - Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR. 7:30pm. £25.60. 0191 4434661.
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Katie Mac (w. 6 piece band) - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.
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Emma Fisk & James Birkett - St. Cuthbert's Church, Shadforth DH6 1LF. 7:30pm.
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Pocket Jazz Orchestra: Jazz & Tapas - No. 60, Arc, Dovecote St., Stockton TS18 1LL. 7pm. £10.
Tees Hot Club w. Alan Marshall (saxes); Kevin Eland (trumpet); Ted Pearce (keys) - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.01642 678129.
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Tuesday, September 06, 2016

CD Review: The Girshevich Trio - Algorithmic Society .

Vlad Girshevich (Piano, Synthesizers); Eddie Gomez (bass); Aleks Girshevich (drums)
(Review by Steve T)
Played this a couple of times a couple of weeks ago, then became distracted by leafleting, attending and reviewing Ushaw, before coming back to it, which can be an interesting exercise to see how much you've retained.
It's a piano trio but lets you know straight out there's also strings, though not on all tracks.
As with reggae and blues, there's much debate as to how successful this can be. John Holt tried it with reggae and the jury is still out, though it didn't catch on. It's broadly agreed that BB Kings' Thrill is Gone was a success but again, it hasn't caught on. Others will have better and more contemporary examples in Jazz, but Bird and Wes are obvious ones, with both generally deemed unsuccessful.  
My first encounter was the Ramsey Lewis album Legacy with one side (vinyl/cassette) Jazz Funk and the other an attempt to marry Jazz with classical music. At the time I loved it, as did a good friend of mine, but I hadn't yet found Cecil Taylor and acoustic Herbie, nor Stravinsky and Shostakovich. I heard it again recently and still quite liked it.
This album works really well and I found myself consciously listening for the presence of strings, the fusion seeming so seamless.
I read the notes after the first couple of plays and, when they referred to the Baroque influence specifically, I thought I needed to brush up on my Bach (not). However, when I came back to it, I had put this out of my mind but distinctly recognised 'old' classical music, particularly on Far Away Place and, with Gomez' bowed bass sounding distinctly like a cello on Song of an old Tree.
Unsurprisingly, classical piano came first for the leader before he discovered Jazz, and number one son and I both came up with Bill Evans, though neither of us are as familiar with his solo stuff as we should be. I also heard Chick Corea, particularly the classical leanings of the Jazz Rock version of Return to Ever. I'll also hazard an educated(ish) guess at Keith Jarrett though I'm probably as familiar with his solo stuff as I wish to be. 
It's a strong album, recommended to anyone with a penchant for Jazz piano, irrespective of their view on strings, however, the real miracle is his twelve-year-old son on drums. With Mathew and Abbie, we're well accustomed to 'special' young drummers around these parts, but this kid is incredible.
Also recommended to drummers everywhere, it's out now on Tapestry Records.


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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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