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Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Friday April 28

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Dean Stockdale Trio - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord - St. Cuthbert's Centre, Church Hill, Crook DL15 9DN. 7:30pm.
Matt Roberts Sextet - Voodoo Café, Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 8pm. £6. 01325 467555. Darlington Jazz Festival.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7:00pm.
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Lazy River Jazz Band - Blenkinsopp Castle Inn, Nr. Greenhead CA8 7JS. 8pm. £5. Dancers welcome! 07721 375278 for more details.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, February 09, 2014

CD Review: Chris Ingham Quartet - Hoagy.

Chris Ingham (pno/vcl); Paul Higgs (tpt); Rev. Andrew Brown (bs); Russ Morgan (dms).
(Review by Lance).
No offence ladies - I loves y'all - but it is such a treat to have a male vocalist invading your, what sometimes seems to be, overpopulated ranks. That Chris Ingham also plays mighty fine piano is another bonus but the icing on the cake is the material - Hoagy Carmichael. 
Unlike the Broadway Grandmasters of popular song - Kern, Berlin, Porter, Rodgers and Gershwin - whose music was ultimately taken from the quasi operatic settings of the composers and enhanced by jazz musicians and popular crooners, Carmichael's classics were aimed at the jazz and popular market from the moment he put pen to manuscript paper. Add Hoagy's laconic vocal presence and his sympathetic piano and you have the composite all-rounder.
Fast forward to 2014 - enter the Chris Ingham Quartet.
Whilst imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, and there is plenty of sincere flattery here, this is no mere hanging on the shirt-tails of the great man. Ingham has his own personality vocal-wise and his piano playing is marginally more contemporary without losing the flavour of the originals.
Higgs' trumpet playing, whether open or using a variety of mutes, slots nicely into the idiom. Perhaps if Bix had lived longer he may have went in this direction.
On Bixian matters, my favourite track wasn't actually written or even recorded by Hoagy. Dear Bix was composed by Dave Frishberg. Dedicated to the late charismatic genius Bix Beiderbecke it is one of the most emotional pieces I've ever listened to. If we could shift time scales around I think Hoagy would have sung this at Bix's funeral. It almost had me in tears such was the emotive content.
It's not a tune you hear too often - Roly Veitch does a fine version. Next time you're at Blaydon ask him nicely!
The other Carmichael classics on this outstanding CD are - Riverboat Shuffle; Washboard Blues; Old Music Master; Memphis in June; My Resistance is Low; Lazy Bones; Hong Kong Blues; How Little We Know; Old Man Harlem; Baltimore Oriole; Old Buttermilk Sky; Skylark; Huggin' and Chalkin'; Georgia on my Mind and Stardust.
Special mention also of bass and drums who provide the perfect underpinnings. Perhaps Rev. Brown received spiritual guidance or maybe he just practiced in between sermons. Morgan, no relation to the bandleader who recorded So Tired many decades ago, may not have been tired but he is certainly relaxed.
Final accolade. The contrived antiquity of the CD cover is just so appropriate.
The CD: Chris Ingham Quartet - Hoagy is available from March 14, 2014 on Downhome Records.
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. Hoagy, a master of all he performed and wrote. His work was so diverse. When I listen to Memphis in June, I can feel the heat...it's palpable

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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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