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Bebop Spoken There

Artie Shaw: “I'm not interested in giving people what they want--I'm interested in making music.” – (DownBeat October 15, 1939).

Jason Marsalis: “There's so many places that this music can go and there's a lot yet to be discovered.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Sunday March 18


Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 12 noon. Free.

Jason Isaacs & the Ambassadors of Swing - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 5:30pm (doors 4:00pm). £16.00.

Revolutionaires - Tyne Bar, Maling St, Newcastle NE6 1LP. 3pm. Free.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).


POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER! Zoë Gilby Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8:00pm. £5.00. Rescheduled August 19.

Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.

Bradley Johnston - The Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 6:00pm. Free. New weekly residency.

Gypsy Dave Smith - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

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.

1 comment :

Patti D. said...

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.
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