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Bebop Spoken There

Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Steve Voce: “Most of us have been crashed into by cretins who walk along the road absorbed in the screens of their mobile phones.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Today Monday May 22

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
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Monday, May 24, 2010

Jo Harrop with the Paul Edis Trio @ The Cherry Tree Restaurant, Jesmond.

Jo Harrop (vcl), Paul Edis (pno), Mick Shoulder (bs), Adam Sinclair (dms).
My late arrival meant foregoing the food - my apologies to those of an epicurean bent looking to have their appetite whetted.
However, for gourmets of vocal jazz, this was a feast of Bacchanalian proportions!
What can I say other than that the lissome lady is 'A class act?' I'd never heard Jo live but knew of her through a friend as well as hearing whispers on the Jazz Grapevine. I was delighted to discover that she was as good as they all said she was.
Kicking off the second set (I couldn't make the first) with a slightly faster than usual They Can't Take That Away From Me she stamped her authority by negotiating the lyric without a safety net - try singing the title line, 'They can't take that away from me,' at speed, without swallowing your tongue!
Night and Day and There is no Greater Love - just a hint of Carmen McRae in the phrasing of the latter - followed by a couple of Billie Holiday numbers God Bless the Child and Fine and Mellow which kept the ball in play. Jo wailed like a Chicago blues mama on Mellow.
After some pre-intro searching for the key Paul gave a Bill Evans' type lead into Just One of Those Things and les tout ensemble swung like crazy. Every time We Say Goodbye, done as a duo, - just voice and keyboard - was magical.
Throughout, the trio had provided great backing with all three guys on form and the evening finished on a more contemporary note with I Just Want to be Free from the Bond film Quantum of Solace.
And then it was done.
I'd had a great evening listening to an extraordinary singer.
And that's not all. Look forward to Jerry's report on the first set plus more photos.
Well done Cherry Tree for such an inspired booking.
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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