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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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Thursday, March 16, 2017

CD Review: Georgia Mancio & Alan Broadbent - Songbook

Georgia Mancio (voice/lyricist); Alan Broadbent (piano/music); Oli Hayhurst (bass); Dave Ohm (drums/perc.)
(Review by Lance).
GIJF invariably holds a myriad of delights and this year is no exception. Given the variety of styles on offer, it is not only unfair to single out one concert above the rest but nigh on impossible. Nevertheless, there is one concert that I simply can't miss - the one that the four musicians on this CD take part in on Sunday evening, April 2.
The musical partnership between Broadbent and Mancio is indeed a 'special relationship'. Broadbent's compositions and his sympathetic accompaniment; Mancio's lyrics and her winsome voice; the ingredients spell a recipe for a unique collaboration.
The lyrics are about love lost, and love found. Romantic love, maternal love. Of hopes and regrets; memories of happier times, the emotions that everyone experiences at one time or another.The voice is one to send shivers down your spine, but not in a bad way. Shirley Horn's the only other contemporary singer I can think of who had those qualities.
Broadbent's compositions are an eye opener as is his piano playing. Little did I think, back in 1970, - I'm sure I heard him with Woody Herman at Newcastle City Hall - that he would become not only an all-time piano great but also an outstanding composer. That he is both is beyond dispute here.
Olie Hayhurst and Dave Ohm hover unobtrusively but not ineffectually behind voice and piano whilst much of the credit for a faultless album must go to producer Andrew Cleyndert. 
The release date is given as April 23 but I'm sure they will have advance copies at Sage Gateshead on April 2 and at Ronnie's the following night.
If we awarded stars to albums this one would rate a whole galaxy.
Lance.
Georgia Mancio & Alan Broadbent Songbook Quartet are in the Northern Rock Foundation Hall, Sage Gateshead on April 2 @ 7:45pm. £13.50.

1 comment :

  1. Hi Lance Well I've already got tickets for this - so see you there!!J

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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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