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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).

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

Today Wednesday May 24

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £5.
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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

CD Review: Joanne Tatham - Out of My Dreams.

Joanne Tatham (vcl); Bob Sheppard (saxes); Tamil Hendelman/Jamieson Trotter (pno); John Clayton/Lyman Medeiros (bs); Marcel Camargo (gtr) Peter Erskine/Mike Shapiro (dms).
(Review by Lance)
Class! A word we used to use to describe albums by Peggy and Ella. A word we still relate to Diana (Krall) and others. Ms Tatham isn't one of 'The Others" indeed, on the strength of this album, the lady can stand tall alongside her peers.
Tatham's voice is as expressive as the words demand and often more than they are worthy of. Not that there are any bummers on this set list.

McCoy Tyner's You Taught My Heart To Sing, Nilsson's Without Her, Bob Dorough's Devil May Care, Cool from West Side Story, Herbie Hancock's Double Life, Detour Ahead, Frishburg's Too Long in L.A. - and a version of the title song that completely reversed my previous aversion to this song - just some of the numbers on this beautiful album.
In a world where it seems there is a new jazz singer in every corner bar, jazz club or studio on the planet singing Summertime it is like a breath of  fresh air (in this case, fresh air that still manages to incorporate the long gone aromas of Lucky Strike, Gitane, Marlborough without damaging your lungs!) to hear a singer who can interpret contemporary standards in such an exemplary manner.
Not that this is a one woman show! A look at the personnel will tell you this is a singer who deserves the best - and gets the best! 
Check Joanne out on YouTube (not from disc).
Don't tell Daryl[Sherman] but I'm in love again!
Lance..

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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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