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Bebop Spoken There

Dave Gelly: “From 1 January 1920, when prohibition was imposed in the US, people didn’t stop drinking, they just stopped drinking legally.” – (Jazz Journal October 2017).

Regina Carter: “When I was a teenager, I would daydream about going out on a date and dancing to Ella’s music.” (Down Beat October 2017).

Today Wednesday November 22

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.

Evening
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.

Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).

The Village Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.

BBC Big Band - Middlesbrough Theatre, The Avenue, Middlesbrough TS5 6SA. 01642 815181. 7:30pm. £24.50.

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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.
Amazon.

1 comment :

Patti Durham (on F/b) said...

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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