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Today Friday June 22

Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Alice Grace Trio - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Ushaw Ensemble - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Evening

Emma Fisk & Paul Edis - Ushaw College, Durham DH7 7DW. 7:30pm. £7.00

Julija Jacenaite Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free.

Q&A: Eric Burdon & Hilton Valentine - Castle Gate, Melbourne Street, Newcastle NE1 2JQ. Tel: 0191 233 2288. 7:00pm. £30.00. (£50.00. VIP ‘Meet & Greet’ inc glass of fizz & photo with Burdon & Valentine). Tex Leon & Friends will perform at the event.

Stax Brothers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

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

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

CD Review: Nicky Schrire - Space And Time: Songs For Voice and Piano

Nicky Schrire (voice and arrangements) ; Fabian Almazan, Gerald Clayton, Gil Goldstein (piano, various tracks)
(Review by Ann Alex.)
Lance handed this CD to me and said ‘This is jazz Lieder’, and he couldn't have been more right.  These well-sung songs with beautiful piano accompaniment are as skilled as any song cycle from Schubert or Mahler.  Ms Schrire performs with a youthful, unaffected tone, tender yet strong, with subtle improvisation and an unusual type of vocalese on some tracks, which wanders far from the tune but always returns to base.

There are 4 original songs: A Song For A Simple Time (a cheerful celebration of song with the piano doing a fairground type of tune, round and round, and lyrics such as ‘collect all the notes and then set them free’.): And So I Sing (the singer compares herself to a bird and the piano soars upwards): When You Go (a sad love song, sung pleadingly) Space & Time, the final track, which has a spiritual feel.  Add to that 4 standards, You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You; I Wish You Love; Someone To Watch Over Me; and Say It Isn't So and 4 general rock-type songs Teardrop; Bless The Telephone; Seliyana and George Harrison’s  Here Comes The Sun, and you have a well-balanced collection. For example, Someone To Watch Over Me has the verse sung a capella, discreet piano and pleasing wandering vocalese. Seliyana has an African sound, (wish I knew more about this song) and Bless The Telephone sings the praises of the part played by that piece of equipment in love affairs!
I’ll be extremely pleased to add this CD to my collection.
Nicky Schrire - Space And Time is released on September 10 on Magenta Records.
Ann Alex


1 comment :

Nicky Schrire (on F/b) said...

"Lance handed this CD to me and said ‘This is jazz Lieder’, and he couldn't have been more right. These well-sung songs with beautiful piano accompaniment are as skilled as any song cycle from Schubert or Mahler."

Thanks to Ann Alex (and Lance Liddle!) at Bebop Spoken Here for this nice review! I love the above quote. I'll take it.

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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