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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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Monday, October 31, 2016

CD Review: Ingrid and Christine Jensen – Infinitude

Ingrid Jensen (trumpet, effects & kalimba), Christine Jensen (alto & soprano saxophones), Ben Monder (electric guitar & hammertone guitar), Fraser Hollins (acoustic bass) & Jon Wikan (drums)
(Review by Russell)
The Jensen sisters have previously worked in small group settings and written for larger jazz ensembles. Infinitude – the concept of boundless possibility – is the Canadians’ CD recording debut for Whirlwind Recordings. Ten tracks, five written by Christine Jensen, three by her younger sibling Ingrid, one by guitarist Ben Monder, and the most welcome inclusion of Old Time composed by ex-pat Canadian, the late Kenny Wheeler, this is an album of fine writing and sublime musicianship.

The quintet – the Jensens, bassist Fraser Hollins, drummer Jon Wikan and guitarist Ben Monder – have close personal ties and working relationships: trumpeter Ingrid and Jon Wikan a married couple, the Jensens and Ben Monder a shared experience in the music making of Paul Motian and Maria Schneider. The playing on this new Whirlwind album is that of listening, schooled section players, their solo contributions subservient to their collective endeavour. Christine Jensen’s Blue Yonder and Swirlaround open the CD with the composer heard playing alto saxophone on the former and soprano on the latter. The muted trumpet of Ingrid sets the mood for Monder’s beautifully judged guitar playing on Swirlaround underpinned by Wikan’s deep groove.
Monder’s Echolalia hears Ingrid’s free-flowing trumpet, Christine Jensen’s Octofolk is a conversation piece between the composer (alto) and Monder (guitar) and Duo Space frees Ingrid Jensen to explore an echoing, distant dreamscape. Margareta engages a restrained swing time feel; Christine (alto) solos, then Ingrid, and late into the piece comes Monder with another outstanding contribution. Closing the recording is Ingrid Jensen’s Dots and Braids; Lyrical, languid, masterful playing by the quintet.                         
Russell.

Infinitude by Ingrid and Christine Jensen is available now on Whirlwind Recordings (WR4994).      

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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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