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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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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

CD Review: Henry Spencer and Juncture – The Reasons Don’t Change

(Review by Russell)
Henry Spencer and Juncture met as students at the Guildhall School of Music. Trumpeter Spencer plays with precision and passion – a winning combination. Bold, uninhibited, the opening track, one of ten – Introduction / Hindsight Can Wait – bristles with an energy one associates with the concert hall platform, Spencer, with steely nerve projecting to the upper circle and beyond.
Publicity material suggests a collective interest in jazz, rock and minimalism. Add a bravura attitude reminiscent of Chick Corea’s Return to Forever period and you begin to hear a fearless improviser at work in Henry Spencer’s trumpet playing. Juncture can, and do, take it down, Never Draw a Line being one such example – the resonant tones of double bassist Andrew Robb, pianist (and Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer and mellotron!) Matt Robinson’s thoughtful contribution and the impressive guitar playing of Nick Costley-White embracing the jazz chord and a jazz-rock fusion vocabulary.   
Drummer David Ingamells sparkles throughout, not least on Still Open to Confusion, a powerful five minutes and eighteen seconds of group interplay. Spencer’s quintet is augmented on four tracks by the Guastalla Quartet adding subtle textures to Spencer’s compositions.
The Reasons Don’t Change is an impressive debut. One imagines the in-concert performance will be something special. Recommended.               
Henry Spencer and Juncture have an album launch night at the Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho, London on February 7th. The Reasons Don’t Change will be released by Whirlwind Recordings (WR4698). Tour dates follow with several gigs in the south-west. For up to date details visit Henry Spencer’s website: www.henryspencermusic.com   
Russell.
Album trailer.
Henry Spencer (trumpet & flugelhorn), Nick Costley-White (guitar), Matt Robinson (piano, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer & melotron), Andrew Robb (double bass) & David Ingamells (drums) + The Guastalla Quartet: John Garner (violin), Marie Shreer (violin), Agata Darashkaite (viola) & Sergio Serra (cello)   

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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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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.)
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