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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.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Partisans @ Pizza Express, Soho, EFG London Jazz Festival - November 13/14

Phil Robson (guitar), Julien Siegel (tenor, soprano, bass clarinet, percussion), Thad Kelly (bass), Gene Calderazzo (drums).
(Review by Steve T).
“This is what Jazz gigs used to be like, starting around midnight”, said Julien Siegel. Pizza Express is a big deal in London Jazz; a class venue, downstairs, small, intimate with dim lights and a low ceiling.
I generally prefer to sit further back so I can see the whole event including audience, but I was seated right at the front, sharing a table with Siegel’s percussion thingy.
The drumming was intense from the start and never really let up throughout the set. Guitar rocked it up for his first solo, ending with some heavy feedback and the audience didn't flinch, but the next piece had a more traditional Jazz guitar sound.
Everything was from their comeback album Swamp, winner of the Parliamentary Jazz Awards album of last year, confirming our MPs aren't complete fools and don't just do nothing.     
Rap Dog was the highlight for me, bass relentlessly hanging on one note, the drummer mostly using hi-hat for the longest and most impressive guitar solo of the set. As the bass came loose, the drumming spread across the kit, reminiscent of the Mahavishnu Orchestra when the guitar hit a groove on top of the bass, unleashing a frenzied drum solo to finish the piece.
The title track was also pretty special; a suitably swamplike bass intro, soprano, eeffects-ladenguitar and finger drumming and we were in weird original Lifetime territory. Once it got going the guitar kept switching to a Fender Rhodes like sound, and with Siegel switching between soprano and his percussion thingy, it was close to Weather Report.
Overview and another whose title I missed brought things to a close, ending with another short crazy/ wild drum solo.
Steve T.

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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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