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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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Sunday, January 18, 2015

James Harrison/Alex Saxon @ Jazz Café January 17

James Harrison (keys); Alex Saxon (fl/alt) + Carly McKee (vcl).
(Review by Lance/photo courtesy of Mike Tilley).
How shall I put it? Got it! An "entertaining" evening. Regular blog visitors will know the high esteem with which I hold James Harrison's playing in. I've also waxed eloquently over Alex Saxon both on sax and on flute so I truly anticipated this to be a titanic meeting - and it was, but with a capital T!
Don't get me wrong, the duo played great but with, perhaps, a tad too much self-indulgence. It was hilarious, then funny, then mildly amusing, and then - well imagine you open a box of chocolates and find they're all coffee creams - love the first couple but you don't finish the box!
In between all the musical repartee I longed for the sensitivity they are both capable of, but this didn't happen until guest vocalist Carly joined the duo for I'd Rather Go Blind, a Stevie Wonder number and At Last à la Etta.
Carly's got a great bluesy rocky soulful voice that made the evening worthwhile, not least because James and Alex played as I'd liked to have heard them play all night.
Nevertheless, as I said earlier, it was entertaining and at least they didn't wear funny hats!
Lance.
PS: See you at Hoochie tomorrow James.

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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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