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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 Monday September 25

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Classic Swing - Marquis of Granby, Streetgate, Sunniside NE16 5ES. 0191 4880954. 1pm. Free. New mainstream gig w. Bob Wade (trumpet); Olive Rudd (vocal) and other familiar faces.
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Alastair Lord (trumpet) & Kris Thomsett (organ) - St. Nicholas Cathedral, St. Nicholas Square, Newcastle NE1 1PF. 1:05. Free (retiring collection).
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Evening.
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Thursday, July 27, 2017

CD Review: Maciek Pysz & Gianluca Corona - London Stories

Maciek Pysz & Gianluca Corona (guitars)
(Review by Lance).
That jazz is an international language has rarely been more personified than in this Polish/Italian meeting of like minds.
Two masters of the art of unamplified playing, feeding off each other to transform a duo into a single entity. Musical Siamese twins if you like.
Pysz, who created such a wave of enthusiasm when he played at the Globe a couple of years back, fluctuates between classical and acoustic guitar whilst Corona plays classical throughout.
Inspired by the guitar trio albums of John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola and Paco De Lucia, Pysz and Corona composed all of the pieces; some individually, some in tandem whilst living in London's suburbs. They were greatly influenced by their surrounds. The stories they tell aren't those of trendy young professionals working in the city but of the less privileged. The Londoners depicted so well in the stories of Patrick Hamilton. Zoe Gilby captured the mood of Hamilton in a song she composed - The Midnight Bell. Pysz and Corona do the same here even though the chances are that they have never read Patrick Hamilton. Nevertheless, their music conveys the same feeling. Few have portrayed the side of  London that the tourist never sees like Patrick Hamilton did. Pysz and Corona have done it - and without words!
Recorded in April this year, little could they have realised  the significance of the most poignant track on the album - Tower Block...
Apart from when Pysz is on acoustic, I can't differentiate between the two. It doesn't matter, they are so much in tune with each other that it's an album to be judged as a whole rather than as two individuals.
There won't be many if any, better guitar albums either side of the Atlantic this year.
*****
Lance.
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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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