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Bebop Spoken There

Mundell Lowe: “...we also had to play for a floor show, which consisted of girls dancing--some of 'em were dressed, some of 'em were not so dressed.” – (Crescendo September 1974).

Brew Moore: "I played so many strip joints I was 21 before I saw a naked woman from the front." - (Downbeat July 24, 1969).

Number 24

Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 24 (-2) in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Today Thursday June 22

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Group Theory - Jazz Café. 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. £6 (£5 in advance) - DUBB past and present members.
Gabriele Heller Quartet - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8:00pm. £5.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068.
Juggernaut Love Band - Bar Loco, 22 Leazes Park Rd., Newcastle NE1 4PG. 8pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. Richie Emmerson (tenor); Donna Hewitt (alto); Graham Thompson (keys) - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - The Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

CD Review: Kristine Mills - BOSSAtoo

Kristine Mills (vocals, guitar, percussion, songwriter); Klaus Mueller (keys, arrangements, production); Itaiguara Brandao (acoustic guitar, 5-string electric bass,); Portinho (drums);
Rafael Barata (percussion, tracks 1, 8, 11).
(Review by Ann Alex).
It must be Latin week at BSH – here is another CD of Latin jazz, mostly originals from the pen of Mills, except for Jobim’s Meditation, his Inutil Paisagem (If You Never Come to Me) and Sting’s its Probably Me.  Mills voice, a pleasant sweetish jaunty tone, is hard to describe but easy to listen to. 
The various Latin rhythms, such as variations on the Samba, are delightfully tricky and the solos are mostly on keys with a percussion background.  No particular lyrics stand out on these love songs but neither do any words jar the senses.  Journey Back Home, for instance, is a slowish love song with a light touch; Meditation, slow, quiet and heartfelt; Inutil Paisagem, effectively done with guitar accompaniment. The final track, Burden of Choice, has an effective sound of wood tapping percussion accompaniment that continues long after the singing has stopped - a real Latin feel. Other titles include Hold Fast; Breathe Your Kiss; Last First Glance.
Mills has surrounded herself with distinguished musicians: Mueller (Herbie Hancock); Brandao ( Sidney Opera House and other prestigious venues); Porthino (played with many jazz greats); and Barata began playing drums at the age of 5.  This is Mills sixth album.  A winner of various Houston Press Music Awards, she performs regularly in New York and throughout the US.
Kristine Mills – BOSSAtoo, available on the Inkwell Publishing label.
Ann Alex

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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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