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Curtis Stigers: “I’m a jazz singer. I’m not a saxophonist. When I stand in front of a band like the Danish Radio Big Band or Ronnie Scott’s, I usually tend to leave the instrument on the stand.” – (The Northern Echo 20 July 2017)

Tamsin Austin, Director of Performance Programme, Sage Gateshead: “SummerTyne is our largest festival and we absolutely love it!” – (The Northern Echo 20 July 2017)

Today Saturday July 22

Afternoon
SummerTyne Americana Festival 2017 - Sage Gateshead. Day two of three. Details. From 12 noon all day.
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Evening
Steve Glendinning (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
The Hookahs - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Big Chris Barber Band - Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. £21.50/£20.50.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

CD Reviews:The Lalama Brothers - Erie Ave.

Ralph Lalama (ten); Dave Lalama (pno/vcl); Peter Washington (bs); Kenny Washington (dms).  + Joe Lovano (G mezzo sop sax on 2 tracks).
(Review by Lance).
Erie Avenue is the street in West Aliquippa, Pennsylvania that the Lalana brothers were born and raised on. It has fond memories for them of a loving extended family and friends in a neighbourhood that (quote) "Gave us an abundance of freedom, discipline and unconditional love. This recording is our homage to that very special place that has forever shaped our lives and, of course, our music". So spoke Dr. Dave Lalama, currently Professor of Music at Hofstra University.
On the strength of this recording, every budding jazz musician should live on Erie Ave. and pick up the magic that must surely be in the air.
Ralph Lalama served his apprenticeship with the bands of Woody Herman, Buddy Rich and Mel Lewis going on to pick up 3 Grammy nominations. An associate of Joe Lovano it was only natural to invite Joe to guest on the album which he does on two tracks. Interesting is Lovano's use of the rarely heard G mezzo soprano sax. Pitched tonally between the Eb alto and the conventional Bb soprano the G mezzo is an instrument which, to my ears, is more pleasing than the Bb horn. Less screechy, more mellow I'd like to hear more of it. Perhaps Joe Lovano will bring it with him to Sage Gateshead for the International Jazz Festival on April 5 - are you listening Joe?
The material is a mix of originals by Dave Lalama, 1 by Ralph Lalama, 1 x Cedar Walton and the standards Portrait of Jenny and Everything Happens to Me. This latter track is a vocal feature for Dave which he humbly and totally unnecessarily dedicates to every professional singer he ever had to accompany! No need to apologise Dave - you did good!
There being two sets of brothers on the disc it was, I suppose, logical to include Mulligan's Five Brothers and Giuffre's Four Brothers. I'm pleased that they did - such a relaxed swing Woody would have loved it!
Whoops! I've just discovered that the two Washington's are unrelated so please consider this as poetic licence or, as the saying goes, close enough for jazz!
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. Tony Faulkner and me saw them in The Kitano in NYC 3 years ago.Then we saw Ralph play again with The Vanguard big band.Great player and a very nice man.

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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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