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Bebop Spoken There

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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Today Saturday February 25

Afternoon

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Devonport Hotel, 16-18 The Front, Middleton One Row, Darlington DL2 1AS. 01325 332255. 1:30pm. Free.

Evening

Bradley Johnston (Solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

Redemption - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.

Rendezvous Jazz/ Levee Ramblers NOJB 'At the Jazz Band Ball 2' - The Exchange, Howard St., North Shields NE30 1SE. 7:30pm. £10/£8.50.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

CD Review: The Lalama Brothers - The Crepuscule Variations

Ralph Lalama (ten); Dave Lalama (pno) + Nicole Pasternak - Lalama (vcl).
We don't get too many really intimate jazz collaborations between family members - The Dorsey brothers were hardly a good example. The Brecker Brothers were closer but this, sub-titled, The songs Our Parents Gave Us, may possibly be the only trio set I've hit on that features two siblings and a third family member, Nicola.
Ralph blows good middle of the road tenor - slightly on the "tough side" which isn't a bad place to be in an age where it DOES (to some folk) mean a thing if it ain't got that swing! This album certainly has that vital ingredient despite the lack of bass and drums. Dave is the perfect 'comp man feeding the chords to bro as Ellis Larkins once did to Ruby Braff or, even earlier, Earl Hines to Louis.
I'm not quite sure how Nicola fits into the family tree but she slots in well on the musical side. Winsome, yet compelling vocals that tell a story without over dramatising the lyric.
And what lyrics!
Time After Time; Moon River; Shadow of Your Smile; I Love You For Sentimental Reasons;  I Don't Know Why; Embraceable You (sung initially in French - is it just me but do familiar lyrics sung in French suddenly become alive and fresh or even new because of the alto-lingo?) - every one a top draw ace dealt perfectly by Nicola.
The brothers also feature on the above as well as on classy instrumentals - viz: Just in Time; Days of Wine and roses; All of Me; I'm Confessin'; There Will Never be Another You; Here's that Rainy Day.
Jazz Café - you're looking for duos? Here's your answer. all you've got to do is ship them over from Manhattan Island.
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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