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Ben Williams: "Jaco [Pastorius] is almost like the Charlie Parker of the bass." - (DownBeat November 2018).

Dana Hall: "My philosophy is that everyone in the band is a drummer." - (DownBeat November 2018.)

Today Saturday October 20

Afternoon

NYJO + Tees Valley Youth Big Band - Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ. Tel: 01642 729729. 3:00pm. £12.00. Middlesbrough Jazz Weekender.

Evening

Big Chris Barber Band - Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ. Tel: 01642 729729. 7:30pm. £15.00. Middlesbrough Jazz Weekender.

Dinosaur - Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ. Tel: 01642 729729. 10:00pm. £12.00. Middlesbrough Jazz Weekender.

Smokin’ Spitfires - Scarth Hall, 5 South Green, Staindrop DL2 3LD. 7:30pm.

The Hookahs - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

CD Review; Etta James - The Dreamer.

At the age of 73 Etta James has, she says, decided to retire with this, her final studio album.
James has had quite an incredible career with a whole string of accolades - six Grammy awards, two Hall of Fame awards and a Lifetime Achievement gong. One of her Grammy's was a Best Jazz Vocal Performance although there is little of that in evidence here.
Instead, what we get are impeccably performed, dare I use the word "Cover", versions of some Rock/Blues/Pop/Soul classics. 
I say "cover" but, of course, with Etta you get an original, perhaps even an alternative, look at them.
Difficult to select stand out tracks but I particularly liked her take on Otis Redding's Cigarettes and Coffee with its rich organ-like harmonies beneath the husky croak of a woman discovering a new love in the early hours. Ray Charles' In The Evening (when the sun goes down) is another emotive track that perhaps sums up the album. Don't play it mid afternoon - play it in the evening with a smoke (if you smoke), a coffee and maybe a double shot to help you sleep.
A worthy goodbye to a great artist who crosses the genres with ease.
The Dreamer by Etta James is released on Nov. 14 by Decca on the Verve label.
Lance.
PS: She can't retire! With a voice like that she must come back!

1 comment :

Val (on Twitter) said...

Hi Lance, I so love Etta James' music, hope you are well, I've been in Hoochie Coochie... love it x

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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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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.)
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