Total Pageviews

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).

Number 22!

Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 22 in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Today Friday May 26

Afternoon
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Paul Wilkinson - St. Nicholas Cathedral, St. Nicholas Square, Newcastle NE1 1PF. 1:05pm. Retiring collection.
Mark Williams/Joel Byrne McCullough - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 1pm. £5.
-----
Evening
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Ruth Lambert Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm, £7 (£6 in advance.)
Hand to Mouth (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - High Friars Lane (Tyneside Cinema), Free, al fresco, 8pm. food and drink available.
Chris James & Martin Fletcher - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
-----
Imelda May - Sage Gateshead. 7pm. £38.20/£27.30 VIP Option £104.
-----
Hokum Hotshots - National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL. 7:30pm. £27.50. Tel: 0191 515 5555. ‘Bourbon & Blues’ three course meal - booking essential.
-----
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Ushaw College, nr. Durham. 7:30pm. £7.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
-----
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Ruth Lambert Trio @ The Jazz Café. December 17

Ruth Lambert (vocals), Giles Strong (guitar) & Mick Shoulder (double bass)
(Review by Russell/photos courtesy of Ken Drew & Crufts)
Ruth Lambert had the world (and a rapt Jazz Café audience) on a string, wrapped around her finger. Lambert launched her trio’s new CD at Jazz North East’s Christmas Schmazz concert promotion. All seats taken, Ms Lambert, in the company of Giles Strong (guitar) and Mick Shoulder (double bass), gave a commanding performance in the art of intimate jazz singing.
Ms Lambert shimmered in a ‘must-have’ bottle-green dress of some vintage and heels as Messrs Strong and Shoulder looked the part in lounge suits (matching ties, on the advice of their stylist). The trio opened with You and the Night and the Music.  Having heard Ms Lambert sing the Schwartz and Deitz number on countless occasions it came as a surprise to hear her hold notes at length. A wonderful surprise. A Lambert original - A Love That Never Dies (written some twenty years ago) – is heard in the head with Graeme Wilson’s tenor saxophone solo, whereas this version lost nothing in its stripped down state.
I’m in the Mood for Love, I’ve Got the World on a String (Lambert sure did) and Skylark. Hoagy’s masterpiece is Lambert’s. When your BSH correspondent appears on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs (unlikely, but you never know) Lambert’s recording (on her new CD) will be the one disc rescued from the waves (‘it’s been a pleasure, Kirsty’).
Giles Strong got down on the blues; Love Me Like a Man. Superb intro, Lambert got in the groove, telling it like it is. Mick Shoulder’s It Would Be Yours took it down, the bass playing the tops, as it was all night. I Fall in Love Too Easily (Sammy Cahn/Jule Styne),Time After Time (ditto comp.). It doesn’t get any better (Strong’s guitar on the former a highlight of the evening bringing to mind the phrase ‘just like that.’). Two sets of truly incomparable jazz singing. Only one way to go out with an encore at this time of year – Santa Baby. Merry Christmas!
 Footnote: Lindsay’s pooch (see photo) loved every minute of the gig!
Russell.

1 comment :

  1. Russell, The pooch's name is Chaplin and he was at the Blue Jazz Voices end of term gigs. He seems to love Jazz

    ReplyDelete

Blog Archive

About this blog - contact details.

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.

Subscribe!