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Bebop Spoken There

Michael Feinstein: “Fred Astaire is my favorite singer. To me, he was the perfect interpreter of American popular song.” – (Jazz Times December 2014).

Bud Shank: “Once I saw California – that was it, I stayed.” – (Jazz Journal May 1991)

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Today Saturday February 25

Afternoon

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Devonport Hotel, 16-18 The Front, Middleton One Row, Darlington DL2 1AS. 01325 332255. 1:30pm. Free.

Evening

Bradley Johnston (Solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

Redemption - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.

Rendezvous Jazz/ Levee Ramblers NOJB 'At the Jazz Band Ball 2' - The Exchange, Howard St., North Shields NE30 1SE. 7:30pm. £10/£8.50.

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Saturday, October 10, 2015

CD Review: Lisa Bassenge - Canyon Songs

Lisa Bassenge (vcl); Till Brönner (tpt); Pete Kuzma (B3/el.pno); Steve Tavaglione (ewi/keys); Vinnie Colaiuta (dms); Dan Lutz (bs); Freddy Koella (gtr/vln); Larry Klein (el perc/vbs).
(Review by Lance).
A strange, yet compelling, album by Berlin based Bassenge. A program of jazz covers selected from tunes by The Doors; The Beach Boys; James Taylor; Buffalo Springfield; Tom Waits; Shuggie Otis; Stephen Stills; Rickie Lee Jones; Joni Mitchell and others. Although Bassenge is based in Berlin, Blue Skies has nothing to do with Irving Berlin! This is one of two Tom Waits numbers - All Stripped Down is the other.
The basis of the album is a selection of songs inspired by the landscape and atmosphere of Los Angeles and Southern California.
At first I found it difficult to describe it as a jazz album but, after listening a couple of times I found it even more difficult not to describe it as a jazz album! Certainly Till Brönner's Milesian trumpet playing is as plaintive and as emotional a tug at the heart strings as I've heard from any contemporary jazz trumpet player and Bassenge has that smoky quality to her voice that so many of the greats have be it Peggy Lee or Melody Gardot or, indeed, wor (local dialect) own  Lindsay Hannon and Zoë Gilby. 
Bassenge is working the same side of der straße as  Lindsay and Zoë  and I'm sure our girls will like this disc. Conversely, I think Bassenge would recognise their status too!
Now available on MPS - Germany's major jazz label. I'm in the dilemma of not being sure if I want to take a holiday in Berlin or Southern California!
Tracks: Riders on the Storm; Angeles; Aht Uh Mi Hef; All Stripped Down; For What It's Worth; The Last Chance Texaco; The Same Situation; Searching for a Heart; Her Town Too; I Just Wasn't Made For These Times; Blue Skies.
Lance.
NB: Our regular vocal reviewer, Ann Alex, passed this one by, unheard - nah-nah-nah-nah-nah!

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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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