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Bebop Spoken There

Oscar Peterson: "I find most pianists use too many notes in a chord. They double up an awful lot" - (Crescendo May 1963).

Benny Green (British): "...there was a whole race of men who used to stand in front of their bands, waving their arms, pretending to conduct ... Many of the bandleaders we had worked for had been either crooks or imposters ... " - (Crescendo March 1963).

Today Friday September 21

Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Zoë Gilby Trio - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Ladies of Midnight Blue - Seven Stories, National Centre for Children's Books, Lime Street, Newcastle NE1 2PQ. Tel: 03000 3301095. 11:00am. £5.00.

Paul Edis - The Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192. 1:00pm. £5.00. Edis, solo piano.

Evening

Ronnie Scott's All Stars - Middlesbrough Theatre, The Avenue, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough TS5 6SA. Tel: 01642 815181. 8:00pm. £22.50.

Groove-a-matics - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

George Shovlin & the Radars + Broken Levee - The Peacock, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3ES. Tel: 0191 511 1451. 7:00pm. £10.00. (+ £1.00. b/f). New blues venue.

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.
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