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Bebop Spoken There

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).

Today Tuesday May 23

Evening
Davina & the Vagabonds - Sage Gateshead. 8pm. £18.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
Zoe Gilby: Pannonica - The Fox Inn, West End Tce., Hexham NE46 3DB. Free. 9pm.
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Friday, July 04, 2014

CD Review: Isabel Stover - Her Own Sweet World

Isabel Stover (vocals); Jonathan Alford (piano); Fred Randolph (bass); Dave Tidball (saxopohone); Dave Bell (guitar).
(Review by Ann Alex)
Isabel Stover has sung in musical theatre, funk, r&b, classical opera and a jazz choir, and that wide musical experience becomes obvious when you hear this highly recommended debut CD.  And I’d guess that she can act as well, because she certainly brings out the full meaning of these songs in her richly textured voice. 
There are jazz standards: Softly As In A Morning Sunrise; Never Let Me Go; Nature Boy; The Song Is You along  with jazz-like treatments to Anthony Newley’s Feelin’ Good; Lovin’ In My Baby’s Eyes (Taj Mahal); Human Nature (Michael Jackson); and four songs about children, including Bill Evans’ jazz classic Waltz For Debby.  Add to this the very accomplished instrumentalists who have a fair bit of space for soloing, so what’s not to like?
I especially liked the musical evocation of a summer’s day on Feelin’ Good, with bee-like saxophone comments and background twinkling cymbals; Softly As In A Morning Sunrise, a very playful version with interesting chords and lots of bass.  This song is difficult to place emotionally (I’ve tried) and a playful version comes across well.  Never Let Me Go is wonderfully melancholy and the double tracked voice on Nature Boy gives the necessary mythical effect which suits the lyrics.
The CD was self-released on June 17, 2014.  See the website www.isabelstover.com  
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.
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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