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Bebop Spoken There

Michael Feinstein: “Fred Astaire is my favorite singer. To me, he was the perfect interpreter of American popular song.” – (Jazz Times December 2014).

Bud Shank: “Once I saw California – that was it, I stayed.” – (Jazz Journal May 1991)

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Today Thursday February 23

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068.
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3DB 7pm.
Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocals); Richie Emmerson (tenor); Bruce Taylor (keys) - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge Hotel, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra - The Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall TS21 1EP. 8pm. Free.
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Friday, March 07, 2014

CD Review: Emilia Mårtensson - Ana

Emilia Mårtensson (vocals); Barry Green (piano); Sam Lasserson (bass);  Adriano Adewale (percussion) + The Fable String Quartet: Kit Massey, Paloma Deike (violins); Becky Hopkin (viola);  Natalie Rozario (cello)
(Review by Ann Alex)
BSH continues this week’s Scandanavian theme with a CD from this Swedish lady who has been making her way in the UK jazz scene for the last decade, although her work is new to me.  Her roots are in jazz and Swedish folk music, and this very pleasing disc (her 2nd) fits both genres lightly.  The general sound is playful with lots of excellent piano solos, steady bass, subtle, crunchy percussion used sparingly, sweet, slightly nasal singing with lots of humming and vocalese.  All this is cut across by the string quartet and the arrangements are complex and imaginative.
Most of the song writers are new to me except for Paul Simon (Everything Put Together Falls Apart); and Joe Henderson (Black Narcissus Music, with words written by our singer). There are 3 original compositions: Ana is a tribute to her Slovenian grandmother who is quoted as saying ‘close your eyes before you open up your mind’ (wise woman!), with delicate string quartet work and lyrical piano; the penultimate track Moffi’s Song; and the final track, which is a big surprise, an a capella version of a song called Vackra Manniska, which our singer performs in close harmony with herself.
Love is a constant theme, as in the beautiful Tomorrow Can Wait, a few repeated phrases, well sung and vocalised (‘I felt your heart dancing with mine’). There is a poignant Swedish folk song, Nar Som Jag Var Pa Mitt Adertonde Ar (about a girl who is going to kill herself, typical folk material!) with a suitably sparse arrangement of bass rhythm, voice, and simple percussion.
Another CD that I’ll be glad to have in my collection!
Ana is released on April 7, 2014 on the Babel Label, Cat No. BDV 14126
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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