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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 Friday September 22

Scarborough Jazz Festival - Day one of three.
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Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
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Zoe Gilby Quartet - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Kentucky Cowtippers - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
Sean Noonan: Memorable Sticks - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £8/£6.
Backyard Rhythm Orchestra + Monkey Puzzle - o2 Academy, Newcastle. Doors 6:30pm. Curfew 10pm.
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Dave Newton & Dean Stockdale - Traveller's Rest, 2 West Auckland Rd., Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER. 8:30pm. £10.
Smokin' Spitfires - Forum Music Centre, Borough Rd., Darlington DL1 1SG. 7:30pm. £10.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

CD Review: Pat Metheny – Tap: John Zorn’s Book of Angels Vol 20

Pat Metheny (guitars, sitar, tiples, bass, keyboards, orchestrionics, electronics, bandoneon, perussion, flugelhorn), Antonio Sanchez (drums, percussion)
(Review by Les)
Back in the nineties, John Zorn wrote 500 tunes inspired by traditional Jewish music.  This became known as Book One of the two volume work that became known as The Masada BookBook Two consisted of 300 tunes and was written in three months.
Over the past eight years, the tunes from Book Two have been recorded as volumes of The Book of Angels by a number of world-class musicians.  Volume 20 is a selection of six pieces recorded by Pat Metheny, assisted by his oft percussionist Antonio Sanchez.
Metheny’s interpretation of the pieces chosen culminates in a very varied and rich body of work, although generally there’s a strong, Middle Eastern “common denominator” running throughout the album.
It’s hard to believe that Tap was recorded by one artist, such is the diversity of the individual pieces, both in terms of composition and instruments/soundscapes used; from the sitar-dominated opener of Mastema, to the obviously “acoustic-Metheny” of Albim, concluding with a piano/drum chaotic cacophony Hurmiz.  In between there’s wild, abstract, heavily-distorted guitar soloing, complex and very precise rhythms and melodies, spiced with sounds and scrapings of…who knows what.
Despite the diversity of the pieces, as a body of work it all hangs together remarkably well.  It’s not background music; it has to be listened to, and it’s far too complex to be able to take it all in in one listen.  I’ve been through it a number of times now and it continues to reveal itself further with each play.
Whilst there are times it’s obvious who the main protagonist is, this isn’t your average, run-of-the-mill Pat Metheny album.  That said, the playing oozes his class and quality from start to finish.
I like this album on a number of levels; from the standpoint of a (one time) guitarist, from the standpoint of being a fan of creative jazz and from the standpoint of occasionally wanting something very different to listen to, to clear and refresh a sometimes tired listening palette.
Invest some time with it at the outset and you’ll enjoy return visits forevermore.
Pat Methrny: Tap released May 21, 2013.
Les.

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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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