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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).

Today Wednesday May 24

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.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £5.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, October 06, 2014

Blue-Eyed Hawk @ the Bridge Hotel. October 5

Lauren Kinsella (voice/keys), Alex Roth (guitar, effects, voice), Laura Jurd (trumpet, synth, voice), Corrie Dick (drums, percussion, voice).
(Review by Lance/photo courtesy of Ken Drew).
Third appearance by Blue-Eyed Hawk within these hallowed pages, second showing in Newcastle by Kinsella this week and a first rate performance at last night's Splinter session at the Bridge Hotel.
Hugh Cochrane gave a fair assessment of their début CD Under the Moon, I was present at the CD launch at Kings Place last month and, even as I type, Steve H may have words winging their way to me re Lauren's gig at Kings Hall on Thursday (the girl certainly moves amongst the crowned heads!).
The gig at Kings Place scored on the grounds that each member of the quartet stepped up to the mic and gave the audience a snippet or two about the pieces they individually wrote.
Very little of that last night. However, hearing and seeing the band within the confines of the pub as opposed to row ZZ in the Sage-like hall down at Kings Place was a totally different ball game! At KP I was at an enjoyable concert, here I was in the centre of a musical maelstrom  - Living in the Fast Lane (final number before number 27 bus lured me away - thank God the driver hadn't heard it!) was just that and Somewhere (Over the Rainbow) gave a different take to the tale of the Wizard of Oz.. In this version Dorothy is blown to buggery and it is the Wicked Witch of the West who runs off with the Tin Man.
Kinsella is indeed a sorceress capable of bewitching the listener with her flawless pitching and the vocal/trumpet passages are sheer magic. Jurd, laid back, played trumpet and keys (sometimes simultaneously) quite restrained albeit not without the occasional flourish that tells you that behind the Milesian exterior there is a Dizzy fighting to be free! Roth and Dick contributed to the proceedings admirably, the former, not content with merely (merely!) playing guitar, also concocted sound potions using an ebow (I think) and fiddling with foot pedals whilst Dick varied his attack using sticks (sometimes 2 in each hand) and mallets as well as changing cymbals more times than most people change their socks in a week!
It was different.
It was an experience.
It was excellent.
Lance.

2 comments :

  1. I was at last nights gig and maelstrom is the most apt description. It was exciting, provocative stuff. I listened to the album on the way home and decided that this is what they need on the next Eddie Stobart Trucking CD.
    Cheers
    Dave

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  2. Spot-on review Lance. Spellbinding and raucous all in the same performance! Great stuff, and a real treat to see them in Newcastle.

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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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