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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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Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 22 in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Today Thursday May 25

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth NE3 3DB. 7pm. Free.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068.
Dulcie May Moreno - Bar Loco, Leazes Park Rd., Newcastle NE1 4PG. 8pm? Free? 0191 2325871 to confirm times etc.
Ray Johnson/Richard Herdman - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.
Babmus - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £3/£2 (students/MU).
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Doo Wop Dollies - Queen's Hall, Beaumont St., Hexham NE46 3LS. 8pm. £10. 01434 652477.
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Tees Hot Club w. Richie Emmerson (tenor); Kevin Eland (trumpet); Ted Pearce (keys); Mark Hawkins (drums) - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - The Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra - Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall, Stockton TS21 1EP. Free. 8:00PM.
Paul Skerritt Band - Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. 7pm. £25 (3 course meal inc.)
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

CD Review: Ray Charles - King of Cool, The Genius of Ray Charles

Ray Charles (pno/vcl) + various line-ups.
What'd I Say? What could I say? 73 tracks spread over 3 CDs covering a period from 1952-1961. They dubbed him "The Genius" and when it came to blues and soul and rock and jazz it was a fair description! The voice was smooth enough to reach the outside world but raspy enough to satisfy the inner circle of the cognoscenti whilst Charles' piano playing was more than that of just another 12 bar bluesman. 
He could hold his own in the exalted company he sometimes moved in. On one track Milt Jackson's on guitar (!) along with Billy Mitchell on tenor, Oscar Pettiford on bass and Connie Kay on drums.
Needless to say his long-time tenor man David "Fathead" Newman frequently steps up and blows as does Sam The Man Taylor on the opener - The Mess Around.
A mix of hits such as Unchain My Heart, Hit the Road Jack and, of course, What'd I Say? mingle with some well known blues belters and a few standards thrown in for good measure such as the mega-hit version of Georgia on my Mind and Come Rain or Come Shine.
Originally released as Atlantic singles, EPs and LPs Warner Jazz have titled this compilation as King of Cool - The Genius of Ray Charles.
I reckon they got it right!
Lance.
King of Cool - The Genius of Ray Charles is available from July 15.
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1 comment :

  1. Oh yes......and turn up the volume!

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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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