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Bebop Spoken There

Danny Gatton: "I was tired of playing in beer joints. I wanted to do something tangible like building cars. But once you do music it gets into your blood. You can get away from it for awhile but sooner or later it comes back to you." - (Down Beat April 1991).

Tal Farlow: "There were times when I would stop [playing guitar] and do sign painting." - (Downbeat December 5, 1963)

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Today Wednesday August 23

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
New Orleans Jazz at the Village Hall - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.
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Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

CD Review: Donna Singer and The Doug Richards Trio - Jazz In The Living Room

Donna Singer (vocals); Doug Richards (bass); Billy Alfred (piano); Mike Cervone (drums); Also Jeff Otis (guitar).
(Review by Ann Alex).
I know why Lance gave me this CD to review – because it includes the song he dreads most!  You’ve guessed, it’s Summertime, one of many standards on the CD.  Other numbers are Honeysuckle Rose; Bye Bye Blackbird; On Green Dolphin Street; The Nearness Of You; Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me; Satin Doll; S’Wonderful; Dindi; I Got Rhythm; and Route 66, though not quite in that order as 3 of the tracks come up at different times from that listed on the CD, a bit disconcerting.  The other 2 of the 14 tracks are originals Another Bossa (Otis) and Reve Aver (Richards).  The latter is a tuneful whole band instrumental and the former a catchy guitar number.  
The musicians do their stuff well with lots of solos – I noticed the drummer was rather light of hand compared to many others, lots of brushes and cymbals.  The Summertime track is actually rather good, a straight chorus with the voice and bass only, then a quicker chorus with the trio, piano and bass solos, drums and piano swapping 4’s, then all in on the final chorus.
I hadn’t heard of this singer before, but she is well known in the States from radio broadcasts and countrywide performances, and she is a voting member of the organisation that awards the Grammys.  Her voice is pleasantly sultry and warm, with beautifully clear diction, which enabled me to at last work out the narrative of the song Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me. However this singer didn’t sound quite as comfortable in the higher ranges of her voice, but perhaps it was something to do with my ears.
Generally a very pleasant listening experience. 
The CD, Donna Singer and The Doug Richards Trio - Jazz In The Living Room
 was released on January 28 on the Emerald Baby Recording Company 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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