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Bebop Spoken There

Gene Ramey: "McShann stomped off at a fast tempo. This wasn't one of those slow-trains-through-Arkansas tempos, this was like that train between Chicago and Milwaukee. I mean fast." - (Stanley Crouch: Kansas City Lightning - The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker. Pub. Harper Collins 2013).

Dana Hall: "My philosophy is that everyone in the band is a drummer." - (DownBeat November 2018.)

Today Tuesday October 23

Afternoon

Classic Swing - The Ship, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.

Evening

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

Monday, September 16, 2013

Katherine Stone Quartet @ The Cherry Tree, Jesmond.

Katherine Stone (vcl); Dean Stockdale (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Steve Doyle (dms).
(Review by Lance.)
The singer, the band and the chef were on form tonight.
The trio kicked things off with Lady Be Good (or maybe that was just a soundcheck as they reprised it in the second set. It was good both times and I'd happily have reprised my starter - Craster crab salad, avocado, chicory and pomelo.
Ms Stone took to the stage and gave us a choice selection of tried and tested Gasbook fayre including Fly Me To The Moon, Sway, Let There be Love, I Get a Kick Out of You and My Baby Just Cares For me. The Nina Simone piece has long been a favourite of mine - it's timeless, or at least it would be if singers updated the lyric. It's 2013 and we're still singing about Liz Taylor, Lana Turner and Liberace! It wouldn't take the genius of a Cole Porter to update the lyric to something more topical. This isn't aimed at Katherine Stone, it's aimed at everyone who sings it!
The Way You Look Tonight done as a bossa nova, Get Happy, Blue Moon, I Wish You Love, Smile and They Can't Take That Away From me. rounded off the first set and was the perfect accompaniment to Pan Fried Sea Bass with Thai flavours and fragrant rice. My mouth is still watering at the memory.
During the break I indulged in an Eton Mess in a brandy snap cup. Shangri-la!
The trio returned for a Tatumesque All the Things You Are and the second bite at Lady Be Good. Stockdale is one fine pianist, Doyle's brushwork crisp and unobtrusive, Grainger, the unassuming player of the right notes in the right order, a tower of strength.
Katherine Stone returned for a slightly more contemporary set. It must have been contemporary because I didn't recognise all of them. Moondance, I Just Want to Make Love to You, Dindi were the ones I did identify along with I've Got You Under my Skin and Time to Hit the Road to Dreamland by which time it was time for me to catch the 33a and link up with the 27 which I did with a couple of minutes to spare. An enjoyable evening both artistically and gastronomically..
Lance.

1 comment :

Brenda Jenki Sokell said...

I do alternative words for My Baby Just Cares for Me. For instance; George Clooney is not his style and even Julia Roberts Smile!

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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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