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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 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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Wednesday, November 02, 2016

CD Review: Barb Jungr and John McDaniel - Come Together

Barb Jungr – vocal & harmonicas; John McDaniel – piano & vocal.
(Review by Debra M)
Come Together  is the latest album from internationally acclaimed cabaret chanteuse & jazz performer Barb Jungr. Previously she has undertaken projects that have focussed on a broad range of individual artists, including Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Elvis, Nina Simone & Peggy Lee. Now, in collaboration with pianist & arranger John McDaniel, she has turned her attention to the Beatles Songbook. With around 237 originals the choice is wide, and the selection includes songs from throughout the band’s career, including some lesser known gems, wisely avoiding the most overplayed Lennon/McCartney standards.
The opening piano intro is a brief musical reference to Let It Be, and makes a rapid transition to an uptempo & fresh interpretation of Got to Get You into My Life. The stripped down piano and voice format enable McCartney’s outstanding lyric to come to the fore, and this is particularly effective in The Things We Said Today, For No One, The Fool on the Hill and Eleanor Rigby. McDaniel’s piano accompaniment is sensitive and dynamic, and he provides backing harmonies, & taking lead vocal on two of my favourite lesser known Beatles songs Mother Nature’s Son and George Harrison’s While My Guitar Gently Weeps (whilst remaining on the piano).  In three tracks, two or more songs are combined; It’s Getting Better/Here, There and Everywhere, Something/The Long and Winding Road, and It’s For You/Step Inside Love, the latter a pairing of tunes McCartney wrote for Cilla Black.  Perhaps this approach was inspired by the Beatles own medley on Abbey Road  (this reviewer’s favourite Beatles album), however, I’m not sure it adds much musically other than enabling the inclusion of a few more pieces. 
Sometimes it is hard to compensate for the mastery of George Martin’s arrangements and production, so whilst Back In The USSR is transformed into a lively bluesy, honky-tonk number, with a harmonica solo from Jungr, it is no match for the original  Beach Boys’ pastiche on the White Album. However, as with many of these great songs, McDaniel & Jungr really get hold of the title track Come Together and make it their own.  Overall, a worthy project, and it would be great to see the duo’s interpretations as a live performance. (Editors note - They are touring the project but mainly down south apart from a hop over to Berlin and to New York for a December date at Birdland).
Debra M.

2 comments :

  1. Not just 'down south'. 2 nights in the glorious Swan Inn in the village of Dobcross in Saddleworth near Manchester. 12 & 13 November.

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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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