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Michael Feinstein: “Fred Astaire is my favorite singer. To me, he was the perfect interpreter of American popular song.” – (Jazz Times December 2014).

Bud Shank: “Once I saw California – that was it, I stayed.” – (Jazz Journal May 1991)

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Friday February 24

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Monkseaton Arms, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Sue Ferris Trio - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
Hand to Mouth - (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SE. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Mo Scott Band - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. £7/£5 (in advance).
Taupe - Head of Steam, Neville St., Newcastle. 8pm. CD launch.
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Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7:00pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

CD Review: Gene Ess - Eternal Monomyth

Gene Ess (gtr/comp); Thana Alexa (voice/lyrics); John Escreet (pno); Thomson Kneeland (bs); Clarence Penn (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Tokyo born, Berklee graduate, former musical associate of Rashied Ali, Ess has assembled a worthy crew to perform his well crafted compositions and display his own innovative,  yet tasteful, guitar style (tasteful and innovative don't always work the same street!)
Alexa adds an extra dimension, her voice blending in with the guitar and providing poignant lyrics to a couple of the pieces. She also takes off with some improvising choruses that are too precious to be dismissed as scat!
Escreet, an A-lister from Doncaster now living in Brooklyn, is another fine example of a British pianist making it where it matters and his work here is exceptional. Exploring, swinging, hitting a groove and providing the perfect cushion for Thana Alexa to weave her magical sounds.
Thomson Kneeland, one of those musicians who can adapt to any occasion, must be a first caller in a city that isn't short of hot shot bass players.
And Clarence Penn! Listen to his solo on Into The New World and you know you've got a drummer on your hands. A-lister? Make that A+!
Not certain if this will be my CD of the month but it sure is finishing fast and we're in the final furlong!
Lance.
Gene Ess - Eternal Monomyth is available on SIMP Records.

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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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