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Bebop Spoken There

Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Steve Voce: “Most of us have been crashed into by cretins who walk along the road absorbed in the screens of their mobile phones.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Today Wednesday May 24

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £5.
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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

CD Review: Mark Christian Miller - Crazy Moon

Mark Christian Miller (vcl); Josh Nelson (pno); Dave Robaire (bs); Sammy Miller (dms); Larry Koonse (gtr); Ron Stout (tpt); Bob Sheppard (bs clt); Billy Hulting (pno).
(Review by Lance).
In an age when so many of the review CDs I receive are alien to my conception of jazz and Rolling Stone magazine acknowledges Bob Dylan as the greatest songwriter of all time, this digital download [hard copy did gang aft a-gley] is better than an income tax rebate.
Irving Berlin didn't make Rolling Stone's top 100 but he got in here with a swinging version of Cheek to Cheek. Sam Cooke crept into the top 100 at number 86 and came in at [track number] 11 here - a superb version of Almost in Your Arms.
Miller is a new name to me but he's been round the block a few times in the course of which he's developed an appealing style. Think Mel Tormé or Dave Frishberg and you get an idea of where he's at. An association with the late Page Cavanaugh pointed him in the right direction - Miller started out with a Gilbert & Sullivan company (those two guys didn't make the top 100 either although Dolly Parton and Madonna did. Just goes to show that it ain't what you got - or maybe it is!) The association with Cavanaugh was such that when the pianist died Miller was asked to perform at a tribute concert.  
An album that mixes the familiar with the not so well known [to me]. The latter category includes: Tomorrow is my Turn; Second Chance; Twilight World from Swing Out Sister and Henry Lee Summer's beautifully titled, Once April Fooled me.
The more familiar items include Artie Shaw's Moonray; Oh You Crazy Moon and Strange, an early hit of Nat King Cole.
The vocals are great but, with Nelson's piano, Stout's trumpet and the other guys in the mix, this is one album for just about every occasion - foreground, background, living room, bedroom or any room you care to mention - love it!
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. Mark Christian Miller (on F/b)Thursday, August 20, 2015 8:47:00 pm

    Lance, your review made me laugh out loud. So much fun. Thanks a billion!

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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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