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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, December 30, 2015

CD Review: Alexis Cairns – This is New to Me

Alexis Cairns (tenor saxophone), Al MacSween (piano), Emlyn Vaughan (double bass) & Kris Wright (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Occasionally, for a variety of reasons, a CD review will bypass Bebop Spoken Here’s all-too-busy editor. Alexis Cairns’ 2011 debut recording This is New to Me is one of them. A graduate of the fertile Leeds scene, Cairns’ album comprises ten original compositions. A bold approach, if ever there was one, to forego at least one or two standards, Cairns had a trump card, maybe two, up her sleeve in being a writer of melodic tunes and in recruiting three fine musicians to work on the project.
The titles of the ten tracks are somewhat enigmatic. The first of them – Third Time Lucky – is an example; perhaps a third, successful take in the studio, or just as likely, something altogether different! Whatever its origin, Kris Wright’s brisk opening drum pattern lays a foundation on which Cairns states the theme, setting up a first solo opportunity for pianist Al MacSween. Just Izz hits on a bass and drums shuffle-funk groove followed by a ballad – the eponymous This is New to Me – which illustrates the range of material on the album recorded at Saville and Chrome Studios, Leeds.
That’s How It’s Gonna Be swings melodically (Wright using brushes), The Visitor takes a lyrical direction with tenor vibrato evident and, in a further twist, Flux Capacitor recalls a smokin’ Ray Charles session. Driving Force takes off in unexpected directions with more than a hint of James Brown about it (an arrangement for horns would be interesting!) led by bandleader Cairns. The CD closes with two lyrical numbers on which Emlyn Vaughan demonstrates his not inconsiderable talents. Indeed all four musicians contribute to Alexis Cairns’ promising recording debut.
Russell.
For further information visit: www.alexiscairns.wordpress.com                                               

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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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