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Allison Neale: “It’s difficult if you play mainstream in the UK, it isn’t appreciated enough. The current scene seems to focus on musician-composers.” - (Jazz Journal April 2013).

Liam Noble: “I know some people think playing standards is old-fashioned but I love it.” – (Jazz Journal January 2016).

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Today Tuesday February 21

Jam Session - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

CD Review: Babelfish - Chasing Rainbows

Brigitte Beraha (vcl); Barry Green (pno); Chris Laurence (bs); Paul Clarvis (perc).
(Review by Lance).
Brigitte Beraha, it would appear, has been round the block a few times - her CV includes commendations from Dame Cleo and the late Sir John, two folk who know/knew a thing or two. John Fordham also gave her the thumbs up 2/3 yearsback. Our dear friend Sebastian Scotney tells me of the high regard Babelfish is held in UK jazz circles and it far beholds me to disagree.
How could I? This is quite a momentous recording!
Beraha has an amazing range that she uses creatively rather than for mere effect although effective it certainly is. The blurb makes comparisions with Norma Winstone and this singer is up  there in that league.
And what a choice of material - not a Gasser among them - instead we have originals by the lady herself and pianist Green - Steve Lacy, Aaron Copland, Fred Chopin, Yeats and Benjie Britton are also in there.
Birgette's Confusion is indeed that! Your Turn to Ask is Lacy's take on Monk's Ask Me Now. You want WOW! - you got it!
My apologies if  I've given the impression that this is a one woman show - BB does dominate but Barry Green's piano should not be overlooked. Barry, from, I think, Teesside, is an ace accompanist and most times when I've been to the Spice of Life in Soho Barry has been the power behind the performers. He also provided solid support for Sarah Ellen Hughes when Sarah was treading the jazz boards (How are you doing these days Sarah?)
Laurence and Clavis do there bit.
Quite a voice! Quite a band!
Superb!
Lance.
Babelfish - Chasing Rainbows released on Moletone Records (006) on April 27.
CD Launch @ Pizza Express, Dean St., London on April 21.

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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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