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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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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, October 10, 2016

CD Review: Quinsin Nachoff - Flux.

Quinsin Nachoff (tenor sax); David Binney (alto sax); Matt Mitchell (keyboards); Kenny Wollesen  (drums).
(Review by Steve H).
Flux refers, not only to the transition between modern jazz and contemporary classical music, but also to the time when composer Nachoff was moving from Toronto to New York City.
The quartet’s structure is odd, two saxophones juxtaposed against keyboards and drums and no bass. 
Band leaders in their own right, the quality of their playing resonates throughout an interesting, bold and complex piece of work.
Tightrope opens with a fairly gentle introduction before the saxes square up to drums and keyboards. The mood moving from ‘gentle and relaxing’, to skronking, cacophonous rock.
Complimentary Offerings has a classical piano solo embedded which leads into a klezmer like sax interlude. 
There’s a pleasant melodic opening to Mind’s Ear 1 that segues into a quiet piano section before reprising the beginning.
A buzzy electronic rat-ta-ta-tat intro to the second lobe, Mind’s Ear 2, leads to wild, uplifting, saxophone domination. The whole quartet contributes to the mayhem with drums and piano thrashing it out to the very end. 
Astral Echo Poem, an anagram of its primary influence Brazilian composer Hermeto Pascoal, is perhaps the most mellow and melodious piece on the album.
Finally Tilted, a harder, rockier, piece reminds us of where we began this listening journey.
Steve H
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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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