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Artie Shaw: “I'm not interested in giving people what they want--I'm interested in making music.” – (DownBeat October 15, 1939).

Jason Marsalis: “There's so many places that this music can go and there's a lot yet to be discovered.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Monday March 19


Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Higher Education & Research Presents: Future Grooves - Sage Gateshead. 12 noon. £5.00. Showcase performances by BMus & BA degree course students feat jazz & non-jazz sets.


Higher Education & Research Presents: Future Grooves - Sage Gateshead. 7:00pm. £5.00. Showcase performances by BMus & BA degree course students feat jazz & non-jazz sets.

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

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Vinyl Review: Mark Murphy - A Beautiful Friendship - Remembering Shirley Horn.

Mark Murphy – vocal; Alex Minasian – piano; Curtis Lundy – double bass; Steve Williams – drums; Till Bronner – trumpet.
(Review by Debra M.)
Originally the idea of George Mesterhazy,  Shirley Horn’s pianist , this project  was  dedicated to them both following his sudden death at the age of 59.  The result is a vinyl EP, engineered, produced and designed as a 1950s or ‘60s  jazz album.  The sleeve includes extensive background information, from the instruments used, to the equipment that cut the vinyl.  This obsessional attention to detail is reflected in the quality of every aspect of the recording. 
The quartet are immediately up and swinging  in  ‘A Beautiful Friendship’ , with solos all round, including  a relaxed scat by Murphy. The remaining tracks are ballads, and like Horn, Murphy is not afraid to take things really slowly. In ‘But Beautiful’, William’s subtle brushwork & Minasian’s sparse piano bring the vocal to the fore, giving  space to each considered phrase. The trumpeter Till Brunner plays a tender solo, and also features on, possibly the most outstanding track, ‘Get Out of Town’.  Beginning with a single rap, Williams develops a solo and, with piano, sets a scene  reminiscent of a showdown.  Murphy’s rich, textured voice almost narrates the lyric ,  alternating  to great effect with swinging  sections. His immaculate phrasing and delivery are augmented by the dramatic  percussion  provided by Williams, who was Horn’s drummer for many years. The final track, her trademark ‘Here’s To Life’, has added poignancy, sung by a vocal legend still performing in his 80s. As one of her contemporaries, and with a diverse vocal jazz career spanning decades, Mark Murphy is ideally placed to integrate the spirit and style of Horn’s singing  with his own.  This is an outstanding tribute, capturing the essence of Shirley Horn, and an absolute master class of vocal and piano trio.
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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