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Bebop Spoken There

John Tynan: "Go ahead, call me reactionary. I happen to object to the musical nonsense being peddled in the name of jazz by John Coltrane and his acolyte Eric Dolphy." - (Downbeat November 22, 1961).

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McCoy Tyner: "If anyone want to know how the three of us - Elvin, Jimmy and me - felt about John [Coltrane], listen to the music and you can hear the love and respect we had for each other. The music can really speak more than any of us." - (Melody Maker, August 19, 1967).
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Today Sunday April 23

Afternoon.
Ian Harrington (solo piano) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Broken Levee - Tyne Bar, Maling St., Newcastle. 3pm. Free.
Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
Hot Club du Nord - Village Hall, 30 High St., Swainby, Northallerton DL6 3EG. 1pm. 01642 700886. (Bubble charity)
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Evening
Darlington Big Band - Darlington Conservative & Unionist Club, Commercial St., Darlington DL3 6JG. 01325 467019. 6pm.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Seaton Sluice Social Club, Collywell Bay Rd., Seaton Sluice NE26 4QZ. 8pm. £4.
Swing at Twilight w. Minnie Fraser Quartet - Riding Mill Parish Hall, Northumberland. 7:15pm. £10. Profits to charity.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Corner House, Heaton, Newcastle NE6 5RP. 7:00pm. Event is a book launch (Chris Cross’ Geordie Book of Magic) and a birthday party.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

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.
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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.)
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