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Bebop Spoken There

Bobby Watson: “He [Charles McPherson] did some of the stuff on Clint Eastwood's movie [Bird] and no one knew the difference– (Jazz Times March 1996).

JJ Johnson: “They [jazz listeners] can't be fooled. They're broad-minded enough to want to hear innovation. At the same time, they're too hip to be taken in by false prophets (Down Beat May 28, 1970.

Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival Competition

Win a Family Weekend Pass to the UK's most idyllic Jazz festival.
1) In which county is Burton Agnes Hall situated?
2) Which artist appearing at the Festival was described by Christine Tobin as having ‘a wild musical spirit’?
3) Who will close this year’s Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival?
Email your answers to lanceliddle@gmail.com
Competition closes on May 27 so send your entry now.

Today Sunday May 1

Afternoon
Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Rd., Hartlepool. 1pm.
Nick Pride (solo guitar)- Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 1:00pm. No cover charge.
James Harrison (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Free 2pm. 0191 2331010.
Improv. Workshop - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 3pm. Free.
Smokin' Spitfires - The Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle. 12:30pm. £6.50. Charity fundraiser for Bubble Foundation.
Miles Ahead (film) - Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle. Times.
Evening.
Sean Noonan's Pavee Dance - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 8pm. £8/£6 (conc.) JNE 'On the Outside' . gig.
Syd Lawrence Orchestra - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DW1 1WA. 7:30pm. £17/£15.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Red House Farm Pub and Restaurant, Hepscott Drive, Whitley Bay NE25 9XJ. 8pm. Free.

Monday, March 11, 2013

CD Review: Olivia Foschi - Perennial Dreamer.


Olivia Foschi – voice; Miki Hayama – keys; Michael Olatuja – bass; David Rosenthal – guitar; Ulysses Owens Jr – drums.
(Review by Debra Milne.)
Olivia Foschi (Foo-Ski) spent several years developing her jazz voice in the US and in Italy, in the process of which she met drummer, and Perennial Dreamer’s producer, Ulysses Owens Jr. Owens has an impressive resumé, having played with musicians such as Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride, Dianne Reeves, and Kurt Elling, with whom he won a Grammy for his work on the album ‘Dedicated To You’ in 2010.  More recently, he has taken to producing a number of emerging vocalists, including Foschi.  
Most of the album’s songs are original, with a few additional numbers including two Italian tunes. The lyrics are thoughtful and well written, and the music has a contemporary jazz feel, whilst drawing on jazz tradition. Her ensemble of established, highly regarded musicians is extremely sympathetic, and the dynamic arrangements provide opportunities for all the instrumentalists, notably in the opening number Here’s That Rainy Day, and in Everything Happens To Me, both of which have great harmonica by Gregoire Manet. Daydream, a beautiful ballad in which Foschi dwells on memories of love, features Mike Cottone, with a tender, sweet-toned solo on flugel horn. Alone Together is the most up tempo and rhythmic number, which culminates when the bass, piano and vocal riffs come together as a backdrop to a driving drum solo. The selection of instrumentalists in particular tracks accentuates the stylistic breadth of the album: Foschi and the piano trio really get swinging in I Adore You; in contrast, the bossa My Ideal, a duet with guitarist David Rosenthal, highlights Foschi’s warm clear tone throughout her vocal range, and also her relaxed, rhythmic scatting style. Altogether, an outstanding début album.
Self released March 11, 2013
Debra M.

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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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