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Number 22 in World Jazz Blog Rankings

Number 22 in World Jazz Blog Rankings

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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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

CD Review: Candi Staton - Life Happens


Another concept album! It's an emotional one tracing the start of a love affair from meeting to ending. Is there a reader who can't relate to this?
Candi Staton certainly takes us along the bumpy road to love. The hesitation of the first meeting (I Ain't Easy To Love). The attraction, the desire (Close to You). The needs (The Commitment). Foreverness (For Eternity). True love never runs smooth (Even the Bad Times Are Good). Enter the Other Woman (Beware, She's After your Man - YouTube clip). And so it goes on until, finally, she looks to the future and maybe the relationship can survive (A Better World Coming).
Not a jazz record by any means but a diamond performance by a woman who brings the charisma of the classic soul days of Gladys Knight up to date - yet with her own identity.
Candi provided most of the lyrics and the emotion she breathes into them becomes your emotions too. Was this me back in 19..? or was it a friend's heartbreak just the other week?
Even if your life has been emotionally uncomplicated - as if - then just relax and enjoy the voice, the backing horns and rhythm section. Who knows but that you might drift down the road of, "Why didn't I ask her?" or "Whatever became of?"
To think I missed Candi Staton at Hoochie!
Love it!
Candi Staton - Life Happens is available from October 27.
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. Let's start a petition to get Candi back to Hoochie Coochie!

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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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