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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.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

CD Review: Maria Chiara Argiró – The Fall Dance

Maria Chiara Argiró (piano & compositions), Sam Rapley (tenor saxophone, clarinet & bass clarinet), Tal Janes (guitar), Andrea Di Biase (double bass), Gaspar Sena (drums) & Leila Martial (vocals)
(Review by Russell)
The focus is on Maria Chiara Argiró the composer as much as it is the pianist on this new CD. Ten tracks spanning a little over fifty four minutes, The Fall Dance presents Argiró’s writing for sextet with Leila Martial’s vocal stylings to the fore. Italian-born, Argiró has a London base from which to work with the musicians heard on this March 2016 recording.
Ethereal folk melodies pervade the album, the bass and drums pairing of Andrea Di Biase and Gaspar Sena a jazz touchstone, Sam Rapley’s reeds and Tal Janes’ guitar punctuating the compositional landscape, simultaneously engaging with Martial’s vocals. Dream R (a one minute and one second Dream R Intro precedes it) incorporates many elements heard throughout the recording with Sam Rapley’s dramatic bass clarinet cadenza a highlight. It is Stanhope Gardens (track seven) which finds the ensemble freeing itself of the shackles, Janes’ guitar setting up a taut collective Balkan dance – the sort of tune Mr Gilad Atzmon would relish. The title track, the penultimate cut on the album, covers a lot of ground. An amalgam of Martial’s Björk-inspired vocals, rivet-punching drum ‘n’ bass, jazz reeds and Argiró’s composer’s hand firmly on the tiller. Zen Song takes it out; leisurely, Di Biase’s measured solo, Argiró at the keyboard, a cinematic sweep, fade to…                
Russell.
The Fall Dance by Maria Chiara Argiró is available now on Odradek Records (ODRCD513). Maria Chiara Argiró is on tour, including an appearance at the Jazz Café, Newcastle on Friday 10th February. Note vocalist Leila Martial will not be appearing in Newcastle.  

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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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