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Branford Marsalis: "You talk to the old guys about it [52nd St.], and they say the music part was great. Every other aspect of it [pay, hours, conditions] sucked" - (DownBeat, May 2019).

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Today Sunday April 21

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Free.

Blues

Beefy La Slap - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Alex Fawcett Band - Tyne Bar, Maling St., Newcastle NE6 1LP. Tel: 0191 265 2550. 4:00pm. Free

Evening

Jazz

East Coast Jazz - Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 6:00pm. Free. Monthly jam session.

Swing Manouche - Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 7:30pm. £7.00. Blaydon Jazz Club. Note new, regular start time.

Blues

Sour Mash Trio - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

CD Review: Danny Freyer - Must be Love

(Review by Lance).
Quite a charming release, no earth-shattering innovations, no trips to the moon on gossamer wings although Freyer can certainly fly within his chosen orbit.
"Dean Martin looks and Sinatra voice" says the blurb. I'm not too sure about the looks but possibly Dino may have inspired Freyer's two original songs - Must be Love or Else I'm Drunk and Tanked as a Fish, Buzzed, Bombed and Blitzed!Who said the art of lyricism is dead? He also wrote a new lyric to Yardbird Suite as well indulging in a vocalese chorus based on Bird's solo. Freyer tips his Fedora to Frank with Bop Goes My Heart, That Old Black Magic, Lean Baby, Begin the Beguine, Stardust and Goodnight my Love. The album opens and closes with this latter tune which features a backing vocal by Dannielle DeAndrea giving it a vintage forties feeling.
The arrangements are excellent and the solos fit the mood perfectly. Jeff Elwood's tenor particularly poignant on Promise me You'll Remember.
However, the $64,000 question is, "Why buy this when I've got most of them by Sinatra?"
Well, speaking as Ol' Blue Eyes number one fan, even I must admit that Freyer has the edge when it comes to swinging. If anything, he's more akin to Crosby and Bing almost always got the nod in that department. 
Balladry of course is a different matter altogether.
Danny Freyer - Must be Love is available on Blue Bend Records. 
Checkout  www.DannyFreyer.com.
Lance.
Danny Freyer (vocal); Matt Politano (pno); Roger Shew (bs); Evan Stone (dms) + Jeff Elwood (saxes); Tony Guerrero (tpt/arr); Mark Visher (clt); Ben Devitt (tmb); Phil Parlapiano (acc); Dannielle DeAndrea (backing vcls); Alira strings (one track only).

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