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Bebop Spoken There

Dizzy Gillespie: “If it's easy it's not worth it.– (Down Beat May 11, 1972).

Richard Davis: “Every musician's wife knows that his instrument comes first. And having to live with that can be a chore (Down Beat May 11, 1972).

Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival Competition

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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?
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Today Wednesday May 4.

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Miles Ahead (film) - Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle. Times.
Evening.
Take it to the Bridge (jazz workshop/jam) - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £1.
TBA - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Dave Rae’s Levee Ramblers - Springwell Village Hall, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 0191 4162630. 9pm. £2.
VEIN w. Greg Osby - Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SE. 8pm. £10/£8. JNE.
Tees Hot Club - Cleveland Bay, Eaglescliffe, 9pm. Free.

Monday, May 06, 2013

CD Review: Under Your Spell: Thisbe Vos


Thisbe Vos (vocals); Gary Matsumoto (piano); Henry Franklin (bass); Donald Dean (drums); Nolan Shaheed (trumpet); Geoff Nudell (clarinets and flutes);  Carl Randall (tenor sax); Michael Higgins (guitar); and the Pasadena String Ensemble
(Review by Ann Alex).
Dutch-born Thisbe Vos has given us a stunningly good album of songs, mostly romantic, and mostly self-penned.  She has immense talent as a songwriter, producing songs in the gasbook tradition in which she is obviously immersed. She says she is influenced by Berlin, Gershwin and Porter.  For instance in her song Just A Fool Over You, she sings ‘your lips a cause for celebration’, which is just the sort of amusing romantic exaggeration that appears in many gasbook songs.  She is well supported by these more than competent musicians, with solos of rippling piano, sensitive bass, drums and guitar, and lots of effective brass, horn and clarinets – good to hear clarinet for a change.  The strings on a few of the tracks add much to the romance.
Shanghai Blues has clarinet complementing the blues feel – ‘it’s like a play without cues’, she sings in a pleasing sweet (not too sweet) voice; the title track, Under Your Spell, uses slow romantic strings; I Need You has a swinging piano solo – this woman certainly knows how to sing swing.  And she does well with the standards: I Thought About You is sung without copying the Sinatra timing, which gives the song quite a different feel; there’s a sensitive Round Midnight and a lively He’s A Tramp; and the CD is rounded off with happy versions of Always and Ain’t Misbehavin.  And I must mention the amusing Rue de la Huchette, the only song not about romance, but a list of Parisian streets, especially praising the street of the title, with excellent accompaniment which gives the feeling of travelling along the streets mentioned.
Under Your Spell by Thisbe Vos was released in mid April on the Prime Productions label. 
Ann Alex.

2 comments :

  1. What a super singer - reminds me of Peggy Lee (looks a bit like her too!) This is going on to my not so short list!

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  2. Thanks for posting this.This is awesome!!

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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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