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Bebop Spoken There

Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Steve Voce: “Most of us have been crashed into by cretins who walk along the road absorbed in the screens of their mobile phones.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Today Wednesday May 24

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £5.
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

CD Review: Carolyn Lee Jones - The Performer

Carolyn Lee Jones (vocals,  background); Brad Williams (piano, keyboard); Jonathan Fisher (basses); Andrew Griffith (drums); also on various tracks: Todd Parsnow (guitars); Jorge Ginorio (percussion); Shelley Carrol (flutes, tenor sax); Mario Cruz (flute, tenor sax); Joyce Spenser (alto sax); Paul Elder (bass clarinet); David Pierce (trombone, string synth); Tony Baker (trombone).
(Review by Ann Alex)
Take hope all ye people in ‘ordinary’ jobs.  Carolyn Lee Jones, raised in Nebraska, worked for many years in retail but never quite forgot her musical ambitions.  She became a full time jazz singer and bandleader in 2008, and this is her second album, and a fine piece of work it is.  The CD insert describes her as a ‘contralto’, not a term I’d use about a jazz singer.  No, she’s a singer with a rich, flexible range, expressing herself admirably in song.  The musicians are well skilled and play as appropriate for the tune.  For example in Lazy Afternoon there is a repeated buzzy bee sound from the  horns, and for The Island, a song about living with your lover on a desert island, the flute solos like a humming bird.
The disc features jazz standards East of The Sun; Nearness Of You; Old Devil Moon; Never let Me Go; and several other standards such as Small Day Tomorrow (Fran Landesman); The Performer; Creepin’  (Stevie Wonder); If You Were Shakespeare; I Wished On The Moon; Let’s Get Lost; Piano In The Dark; Tell Me All About It; Lazy Afternoon; The Island.
I prefer the jazzier tracks where the singer sounds more ‘at home’ but all the tracks are worth listening to, including the relaxed tones of the horns on Small Day Tomorrow (about a day off work); the pleasing bowed bass solo on East Of The Sun; the pulse beat of the drum and the jazzy piano on If You Were Shakespeare and the catchy Latin beat of Tell Me All About It.
The CD is released on November 19 on the Cat’nround Sound label.
Ann Alex    

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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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