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Bebop Spoken There

Ernie Wilkins: “If you don't look at the liner notes, you don't know who in the hell it is. Everybody sounds alike, that same million-note approach. Faceless.” – (Crescendo November 1975).

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Ben Williams: “A lot of jazz today has developed this allergy to simplicity. ‘If it’s simple, that means it’s not hip’ is a theme. But sometimes the simplest thing you can do is the hippest thing you can do.” – (Down Beat August 2015).

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Archives.

Today Wednesday March 22

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.
Paul Skerritt Band - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
John Harle and Steve Lodder - Royal Grammar School, Eskdale Tce., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4DX. 7pm. £20 & £10. 60th birthday tour for RGS alumnus Harl.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £4.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, August 28, 2015

CD Review: Sinne Eeg - Eeg-Fonnesbæk

Sinne Eeg (vcl); Thomas Fonnesbæk (bs/bs gtr).
(Review by Lance).
Two Danish singers in the one week? Just goes to show that the distaff side's bid for world domination is growing stronger!
On Tuesday, Mette Juul's There is a Song set the bar almost out of reach then what happens? Along comes Sinne Eeg with Eeg-Fonnesbæk.
So which one to go for?
Both!
They're totally different each with their own appeal. Juul's uses, mainly, her own compositions with deep, often profound, lyrics and a band that includes wiz trumpetman  Ambrose Akimusere. 
Eeg dispenses with the dressing and relies solely on bassist Fonnesbæk for support and a choice selection of standards - Willow Weep For me; Evil Man Blues; You Don't Know What Love is; Summertime (wouldn't be a show without it!); Body and Soul; Beautiful Love; Come Rain or Come Shine; Fellini's Waltz and Fonnesbæk's Taking it Slow.
It's a compelling performance - reminiscent of some of the duo numbers Zoë Gilby and Andy Champion do - and Eeg's smoky vocals get right to the core of the song. Willow Weep for Me can bear comparison with any version from either side of the Atlantic whilst Evil Man Blues, first recorded as Evil Gal Blues by Dinah Washington, proves that you don't have to be a salty mama to sing the blues.
Fonnesbæk on bass lays down just what's needed - the harmonic foundation to keep Eeg on the right track and the stimulus to inspire her to stretch out and make each number her own.
Check out the samples on Amazon.
Lance.
Sinne Eeg - Eeg-Fonnesbæk released on Sept. 15 on Stunt 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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