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Nate Smith: "Record labels, booking agents, management, still can't imagine the drummer as bandleader" - (DownBeat January 2019).

Today Thursday December 13

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society - Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4LN. 5:00pm. Fortnightly meeting.

Evening

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free. Sitters in welcome!

Paul Skerritt - Hadrian’s Tipi, Keel Square, Sunderland SR1 3DZ. 6:00pm. Free.

Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Mark Toomey, Kevin Eland, Bruce Taylor - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free. Christmas Party night.

Lambton Big Band - South Causey Inn, Beamish Burn Road, Stanley DH9 0LS. Tel: 01207 235555. 7:30pm (doors 6:00pm). £15.00.

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

Friday, January 18, 2013

CD Review: Michael Franks - Original Album Series


Amazingly, until now, the talents of Michael Franks have passed me by. This is a shame as he has a pleasing voice, plays guitar effectively, writes nice tunes and composes some great, original, lyrics - Mark Murphy, Diana Krall, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee and Carmen McRae are just some of the artists who have recorded his songs but nobody does them better than the composer himself. Well you don't invent a game to get beat at it (English football fans might disagree!)
Issued as part of the important Warner Brothers' Original Album Series this 5 CD set brings together Franks first five albums covering the period from 1976 to 1980.
Crusaders Joe Sample, Wilton Felder and Larry Carlton are among the personnel on Frank's first album The Art of Tea (1976). The other four are; Sleeping Gypsy (1977); Burchfield Nines (1978); Tiger in the Rain (1979);  and One Bad Habit (1980) and each one is delightful - just so so relaxing.. The arrangements are classy with some cool vibes work and impressive sax playing and of course that contemporary, cajoling, crooning that still sounds valid today. 
It's undeniably Smooth Jazz but the voice, the material and the arrangements puts it way above mere elevator music. This is music for the Penthouse - seduction guaranteed!
Michael Franks - Original Album Series is released on January 28, 2013.
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.
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