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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.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

CD Review: Ruth Lambert Trio – Three

Ruth Lambert (vocals), Giles Strong (guitar) & Mick Shoulder (double bass)
(Review by Russell)
Three is Ruth Lambert’s third CD release and the first with her trio of Giles Strong (guitar) and Mick Shoulder (double bass). Twelve tracks (six original compositions     and six standards) sustain a remarkably high standard of performance. Voice, guitar     and bass have been recorded with painstaking attention to acoustic detail by studio producer Adam Sinclair.
Lambert’s A Love That Never Dies and Strong’s Everything Was Beautiful open the album with a statement of intent; stripped-back, up-close compositions. Listen with headphones and one can almost hear the beating hearts such is the intimacy of it all.   Love Me Like a Man is more often heard as a raucous command. Here the acoustic balance seeks to defy the lyric, resisting the temptation to let rip. Skylark’s will o’ the wisp fragility is handled with the utmost care; Lambert has a case for claiming the definitive take on Hoagy Carmichael’s tune with Strong and Shoulder playing the notes, the right notes, and no more. A Shoulder/Lambert composition – So Tell Me – indicates the potential for more self-penned material in future. The Sammy Cahn/Jule Styne classic Time After Time closes the album with Lambert’s effortless swinging vocals.
Three’s production values are second to none, so much so one could be forgiven for thinking it had been recorded on the legendary Pablo record label. Album credits are due to Adam Sinclair (engineer, mixer and producer), cover design/artwork by Mick Shoulder and photography by Zoe Strong. Three is impossibly intimate, impossibly good. Three (RLT1) is available at                       

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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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