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Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Steve Voce: “Most of us have been crashed into by cretins who walk along the road absorbed in the screens of their mobile phones.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

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Today Saturday May 27

Afternoon
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Evening
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Alan Law (solo piano) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE22 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Jazz Night - Jesmond Library, St. George's Tce., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2DL. 7:30pm. Collection at door. Feat. members of Newcastle Uni. Jazz Orchestra.
Half Hand Hoodoo Blues Band - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Friday, March 14, 2014

Ruth Lambert Trio @ The Lit & Phil. March 14

Ruth Lambert (vocals), Giles Strong (guitar) & Mick Shoulder (double bass)
(Review by Russell/Photo courtesy of Jerry Edis).
Paul Edis’ monthly Friday lunchtime promotions at the Lit and Phil have been a resounding success. Full houses have become commonplace and it was anticipated that the appearance of Ruth Lambert would continue the trend. Well, numbers were slightly down, due, in part, to the inexplicable omission of the gig from an on-line what’s on subscription service and the venue’s own website! A glance at the printed programme available at the door confirmed one’s hopes – an afternoon of classic material selected from the Great American Songbook. Porter, Carmichael, Berlin, Jobim and others…an hour of sheer bliss.
Ms Lambert has found the ideal musical partners in Giles Strong and Mick Shoulder to accompany her intimate interpretations of such timeless material. Lambert said: Let’s Do It and so they did. In fine voice, Lambert sang with confidence, freely interpreting the lyric as never before. Skylark (a Desert Island choice)…Have you anything to say to me…Lambert said it all, wonderful. Blue Skies (all week down on Tynemouth Long Sands, said Lambert), Love Me Like a Man (Strong played the blues) and Time After Time heard Lambert swing from upper register to lower with casual ease. Bassist Mick Shoulder’s sensitive support and fine solo excursions won the approval of his boss (Ms Lambert) and the rapt audience. Angel Eyes struck a down beat note and Calamity Jane herself, the great Doris Day, lifted our spirits with a whip-cracking, rousing Secret Love (that’s a second Desert Island selection). Wes Montgomery’s West Coast Blues (a Desert Island contender) heard Strong playing chords a la Montgomery as Lambert closed the show.
The trio will record a CD in the coming weeks. It will feature GAS Book gems and original material. As and when it is released buy two copies (one for your self, the other will make an ideal Christmas present). The next Lit & Phil Friday lunchtime concert features the Virtuoso Jazz Trio, April 11 (1:00 pm).
Russell.                            

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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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