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Bebop Spoken There

Grant Green Jr.: "One thing that most people--especially jazz cats--don't realise is that all of your jazz standards were once pop standards" - DownBeat July 2018).

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Bobby Sanabria: "Tito Puente was not a very tall man, but when he played the timbales he was a giant among men." - DownBeat July 2018).

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Today Saturday June 23

Afternoon

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Evening

Get in the Band - 1) Great North Museum (Hancock Museum), 2) Central Station & 3) Sage Gateshead. Times TBC. Free but ticketed. For details visit: www.sagegateshead.com

Eric Burdon & the Animals + Hilton Valentine’s Skiffledogs - Newcastle City Hall, Northumberland Road, Newcastle NE1 8SF. Tel: 08448 112121. 7:30pm. £86.00., £66.00., £46.00.

Teresa Watson Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Dean Stockdale - Zeffirellis, Compston Rd., Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 9AD. 01539 433845. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Friday, February 01, 2013

CD Review: Lisa Forkish - Bridges.

Lisa Forkish – vocals; Patrick Anseth – guitar; Paul Eastburn – bass; Carrie Jahde – drums; Cava Menzies – piano; Jon Schroder – cello; Aaron Saul – alto sax; Sarah Vela – backing vocals.
(Review by Debra).
Lisa Forkish is a young American vocalist based in Oakland, California. In her second album, Bridges, she has written and arranged 8 of the 12 tracks, largely exploring the theme of love, won and lost. ‘Unravelling’, a slow ballad, is the outstanding song, with a slow, soulful, heartfelt delivery, overlaid with delicate harmonies, and supported by sympathetic backing from guitar, double bass and drums. 
In songs such as ‘Cold Light of Day’ and ‘City of Bridges’ there is a Folk/Country feel, which becomes Rock-ier in the cover of Stephen Still’s ‘For What It’s Worth’. Forkish’s social conscience is evident  in ‘Solidarity’ (runner-up in Berklee’s Songwriting For Social Change contest – how American is that?), a well arranged song with an anthemic quality, which ends with a choral acapella.
The jazziest number is the self-penned ‘Fools in Love’, with slapping brushes and walking double bass, where Forkish relaxes with a bluesy vocal and some stylish scatting. However, in ‘No More Blues’  the seductive Latin lilt of Jobim is sacrificed for an almost marching style staccato rhythm, and the chance to swing is overlooked in ‘I Could Have Danced All Night’, although the rhythmic arrangement provides the backdrop for some tasty solos and interchanges from drums, bass guitar and sax. The repertoire in this album certainly bridges a number of musical styles, and showcases Forkish’s voice and her ability to compose and arrange, but I’m not convinced that this sister can swing; her future success probably lies somewhere along the route taken by Karen Carpenter and KD Lang..
Debra.

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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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