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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 Sunday August 20

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free. Summer Break. Back Sept. 3
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Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.
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Evening
Chris Martin - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Paul Edis Trio - Black Bull, Bridge St. Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8pm. £5.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

CD Review: Jeremy Fox - With Love

Dr. Jeremy Fox (arranger, conductor, producer, engineer) Various vocalists; also ...
Daniel Strange (piano); Rene Toledo (acoustic and electric guitars); Geoffrey Saunders (bass); Michael Piolet (drums). Complete list of players, including strings, go to: 
(Review by Ann Alex.)
This CD is a fine compilation of (mostly) jazz standards, arranged by Jeremy Fox, and sung by acclaimed vocalists who have won Grammys and other awards.  Says Dr. Fox ‘They had the innate ability to make this music come alive – with integrity, with passion, with positive energy, with love.’   I cannot add anything to that, except to outline each track.
1/ That Old Feeling is sung about by Kate Reid, a spot-on interpretation, big band sound featuring tenor sax, with a neat bit of scat and a timely stop of the music at the words ‘heart stood still’.  This reminded me of every old black and white Hollywood film that I’ve ever watched.
2/ All MY Tomorrows features flugelhorn and the sound of strings, to suit the tender singing of Kate McGarry.
3/ Next comes a Latin version of Three Little Words, featuring strings and clarinet, and the voice of Kevin Mahogany
4/ Get Out Of Town begins with a staccato big band sound which suits the amusing edginess of the lyrics, and then becomes a fast swing, featuring a tenor sax and the singing of Derek Fawcett.
5/ Sunny Wilkinson sings Sondheim’s Not While I’m Around, featuring a doleful violin.  Feelingly played and sung.
6/ An alto sax features on Girl Talk, sung skilfully by Wendy Pedersen.  I found myself comparing these lyrics with those of The Lady Is A Tramp.  I much prefer the portrayal of womanhood in the latter song – just a thought.
7/ Dindi is sung by Rose Max and Ramatis Moraes, in Spanish (or Portugese?), with lovely viola accompaniment, and the verse is included for good measure.
8/ Next comes Friendship, an original composed by the singer Anders Edenroth, including flugelhorn, flute and cello.
9/ I’m Glad There Is You, sung by Peter Eldridge, features guitar and horn.
10/ Moonray gives us some neat vocalese from singer Lauren Kinhan, with the big band sound and a featured keyboard
11/ Kate Reid sings again on the final track, So Many Stars, to the accompaniment of piano and strings.
This would be a suitable CD to play at your next party, or simply for listening.
The CD was issued on April 15 on the Jazzbill Records 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.
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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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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