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Bebop Spoken There

Miles Kington: "If the intake of alcohol fails to improve a jazz player's performance, why do jazz listeners think it improves their appreciation?" - (Jazz Express October 1982).

Barbara Jay: "My first gig was at the Astoria, Charing Cross Rd. It seemed like a den of iniquity to me. All the Soho girls were there and the gigolos with their old women paying them to dance..." - (Jazz UK May 2008.)

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Today Sunday February 26.

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
More Jam - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Evening
Maine St. Jazzmen - Seaton Sluice Social Club, Collywell Bay Rd., Seaton Sluice NE26 4QZ. 8pm. £4.
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Shaun Henderson Band - Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard, Darlington. 6pm. £5.
Jazz Jam - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SY. 7:30pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

CD Review: Rebecca Kilgore Trio - Just Imagine.

Rebecca Kilgore (vcl/gtr); Dan Barrett (tmb/pno); Paolo Alderighi (pno).
(Review by Lance).
This is just about as close to perfection as you can get, that is, if your tastes run to exquisite vocals, smooth trombone work (rather like what Big T would have sounded like if he'd been still with us), mid period piano playing and a choice of unhackneyed material (Cry Me a River the exception but even that sounds as fresh as the first time around). In short, a 5 star album if ever there was!
Barrett has that beautiful sound so beloved of such musical sliders as Urbie Green, Carl Fontana and, of course, the aforementioned Teagarden absolutely and totally lyrical - albeit with some Tricky Sam plunger work and a bit of Vic Dickenson along the way.
Alderighi, a young Italian who Kilgore met on a jazz cruise, is so harmonically sound you wonder how anyone could select alternative chords! I think Joe Bushkin, who wrote the opening track, would have approved - there's also a little bit of Garner around the edges.
And Rebecca, a voice as cool and as welcome as a Pimm's No. 1 when basking in the shade on a warm day. The timbre of the voice, the pitching and the way she handles a lyric bears comparision with any of her contemporaries. 
Oh Look at me Now; Daddy Won't you Please Come Home; Just a Little Bit South of North Carolina; Song of the Blues; Seventh Avenue; Just Imagine; Lucky Day; Almost in Your Arms; I'm in a Low Down Groove; I'm Rhythm Crazy Now; Three Coins in the Fountain (piano solo); Cry Me a River; Serenade to Sweden (instrumental); Soft Winds; Misery and the Blues (two pianos).  At least half of the tunes were new to me - but not for long. By the time I've worn this disc out I'll know them better than Stardust!
Michael Steinman of Jazz Lives, who wrote the notes summed it up...
"These sessions produced lasting music, the rare kind that emerges from a devotion to the art. What a gift to us all!"
Amen!
Lance.
Available on Blue Swing Records BSR014.

2 comments :

  1. I'll be buying this CD. Rebecca Kilgore has made some of my favourite CDs in my collection - those ones you play over and over and never get tired of. 'Remembering Maxine' (Sullivan) for example, with the absolutely delightful Bobby Gordon Trio or 'I saw stars' with Dan Barrett's Celestial Six (with wonderful rhythm guitar from Bucky Pizzarelli. She is a truly great interpreter of the repertoire we all love - one of the best of all time I think. Pianist Paolo is here with NCRO at Caedmon Hall shortly. Roly

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  2. Well spotted re Paolo - see left hand column - July 26.

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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.
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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.)
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