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Bebop Spoken There

Mundell Lowe: “...we also had to play for a floor show, which consisted of girls dancing--some of 'em were dressed, some of 'em were not so dressed.” – (Crescendo September 1974).

Betty Bennett: “I've never sung "Funny Valentine"--my only claim to fame.” – (Crescendo September 1974).

Today Tuesday December 1

Mosaic Jazz (Playing a celebration of American music) - Bell and Bucket, 37 Norfolk St, North Shields, Tyne and Wear NE30 1NQ. 1pm. Free.
Charles Gordon/Ken Hewitt Trio - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 7.30-10pm. Free.
Gavin Lee’s Dixieland Band - New Inn, 29 Church St., Durham. DH1 3DN. 9pm. Free.
Jam Session - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free.
Customs House Big Band w. Ruth Lambert - All Saints Church, Cleadon, nr. Sunderland. 7pm.
Ralph Keeley (solo piano) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 7.00pm.
Ian Bosworth and Friends - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough, TS5 5DT. 01642 823813. 9pm.

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.


  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!

  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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