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Ernie Wilkins: “If you don't look at the liner notes, you don't know who in the hell it is. Everybody sounds alike, that same million-note approach. Faceless.” – (Crescendo November 1975).

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Ben Williams: “A lot of jazz today has developed this allergy to simplicity. ‘If it’s simple, that means it’s not hip’ is a theme. But sometimes the simplest thing you can do is the hippest thing you can do.” – (Down Beat August 2015).

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Archives.

Today Wednesday March 22

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Paul Skerritt Band - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
John Harle and Steve Lodder - Royal Grammar School, Eskdale Tce., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4DX. 7pm. £20 & £10. 60th birthday tour for RGS alumnus Harl.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £4.
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Saturday, June 14, 2014

EP Review: Patricia Morris: Between New Year And Valentine

(Review by Ann Alex).
Patricia Morris is a singer/songwriter and also a published poet, and this is a rather good EP.  Her poetical gifts are shown in the quality of her lyrics, such as ‘When I hear Billie Holiday I understand the blues’.  She has written all 5 tracks, 2 of them in collaboration with Bo Hewerdine, who has written for Eddi Reader.  Ms Morris has a rich, bluesy, expressive voice although possibly only one track can really be called jazz, but the EP is nonetheless hugely enjoyable.  A rundown of the tracks will illustrate it best:
Little Bird (Morris/McGlynn)  A Latin rhythm with good piano and the rhythm emphasised by a hand drum.
The Sun, The Moon, The Stars (Morris) a love song introduced by a folksy guitar.
Billie Holiday’s Voice (Morris/Hewerdine)   My favourite track, a haunting tune with the saxophone featuring, a homage to the lady herself.
Between New Year And Valentine (Morris/Hewerdine)  A jazzy slow ballad with an effective piano solo, which Billie Holiday could well have sung.
Life Goes On (Morris) A strong song in the Edith Piaf mode, with an insistent beat, indicating life’s journey, with the whole band except the sax.  An effective way to round off the disc.
The musicians are more than competent but they don’t get the solo opportunities they would on a more jazz orientated disc. The singer definitely has the limelight, which, as it is being released under her name, I believe was the intention.
Ann Alex.
Released early May on the Patricia Morris label, Cat No. BR002PM, Between New Year And Valentine is available for download or streaming.
Patricia Morris (vocals); Rohan Armstrong (double bass, electric bass); Neil Burns; (keys);
Egon Callery (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Sean McCarron (saxophone);  Gary Raymond (drums, percussion); Andrea Cunningham (backing vocals).

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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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