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Curtis Stigers: “I’m a jazz singer. I’m not a saxophonist. When I stand in front of a band like the Danish Radio Big Band or Ronnie Scott’s, I usually tend to leave the instrument on the stand.” – (The Northern Echo 20 July 2017)

Tamsin Austin, Director of Performance Programme, Sage Gateshead: “SummerTyne is our largest festival and we absolutely love it!” – (The Northern Echo 20 July 2017)

Today Saturday July 22

Afternoon
SummerTyne Americana Festival 2017 - Sage Gateshead. Day two of three. Details. From 12 noon all day.
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Evening
Steve Glendinning (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
The Hookahs - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Big Chris Barber Band - Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. £21.50/£20.50.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

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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