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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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Monday, May 08, 2017

CD Review: George Colligan - More Powerful

George Colligan (piano); Nicole Glover (tenor/soprano); Linda May Han Oh (bass); Rudy Royston (drums).
(Review by Lance).
Whiffle Ball kicks off this appropriately titled album*. It's a goer! Four musicians with whom I hadn't previously been acquainted with although I should have guessed that anything from the Janisch/Whirlwind stable ain't going to be a gelded selling plater.
Far from it, an unblinkered front runner - a stayer.
Colligan, this is album number 28 for him as leader (where have I been all these years?), plays powerhouse piano, driving, supporting, soloing - a name to reckon with.
Nicole Glover, described as a rising saxophonist, is all that and more. Tenor or soprano she helps lift the already skyborn trio even higher which is no mean feat. Linda May and Rudy Royston are longtime collaborators with Colligan and a great team in their own right as the trio tracks prove. Ms. Glover pushes them and herself to the boundaries of musical insanity whilst keeping the white coats at bay. No straightjackets needed.
It's not all shooting for distant galaxies, there's many tender moments even in Retrograde Pluto which suggests that that far distant planet may be warmer than the astronomers think. Linda May's bass intro and Colligan's follow up is cool without being cold. Linda May brings in Southwestern Silence in a similar vein with Colligan picking up the emotive mood.
Empty has Nicole at full speed on tenor.
The Nash is wild improv and totally accessible. It's inspired by a club in Phoenix, Arizona, and described as unashamedly jaunty, even anarchic. It's all of those things and more. There was a time when the Original Dixieland Jazz Band was described as anarchic and that was a 100 years ago. One wonders...
Lance.
*More Powerful inspired by the first Star Wars movie but I won't hold that against him! 
Available June 30 -Whirlwind WR4708 - although it can be preordered on Amazon (and, I'm sure, via any city centre record store. There's still a few - support them!).

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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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