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Allison Neale: “It’s difficult if you play mainstream in the UK, it isn’t appreciated enough. The current scene seems to focus on musician-composers.” - (Jazz Journal April 2013).

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Today Sunday February 19

Afternoon.
Nick Pride (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Evening
Lyndon Anderson Band - Bottle Bar & Kitchen, St. James Boulevard, Waterloo Sq., Newcastle NE1 4DN. 6pm. Free.
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Friday, February 19, 2016

Jazz Co-op @ The Globe: Ruth Lambert and the One Trio Feb. 18

Ruth Lambert (vocals); Alan Law (piano); Paul Grainger (bass); Russ Morgan (drums)
(Review by Ann Alex/photos by Lance)
This was a top drawer performance which would be worthy of an appearance at any festival, so we were very privileged to have the band at the Globe.  Ruth sang numbers from the Gasbook expressively, every single word was clear, her voice was a delight to hear, and in fact her singing was a masterclass for all aspiring singers. The instrumentalists played so well and looked as if they were enjoying themselves immensely.
  The chat was amusing too, concerning curly hair, which is sported by both Ruth and Alan, and brief discussions about which numbers they were doing, literally, eg You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To appears to be number 122 in the pad.
It all began with Paul’s bass riffing atmospherically for the opening of  No Moon At All and concluded with the band having a general jamboree on Caravan. In between came numbers such as Dindi (the verse sung freely with the piano, and a real smooth bossa feel, very different from swing); You Don’t Know What Love Is (feelingly sung with skilled brushwork on the drums, round and round on the snare); Blue Skies (fast version with Ruth playing with the words, better than simply scatting); Love For Sale, (including the cynical verse, a difficult song well acted out by our singer).
Alan’s solo on You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To drew cries of delight from the audience, and in fact all his solo playing was superb, as were those from the bass and drums. The rest of the songs performed were: Save Your Love For Me; There’ll Never Be Another You; Just Friends; Black Coffee; Taking A Chance On love; But Beautiful; Devil May Care; Makin’ Whoopee; Round Midnight.
At the end of the performance, (unfortunately it had to end), I was struck be the realisation that I would have enjoyed the gig even if I hadn’t liked jazz at all, the music was so good by any standards.
You can’t say fairer than that.
Ann Alex

2 comments :

  1. A top draw performance indeed! Ruth and Alan can also be heard doing a duo set tomorrow (Sat. Feb. 20 at the Redwood Whiskey Bar in the Vermont Hotel. 7pm.
    The downstairs bar at The Globe on Sunday night features the SSBB and, as well as the music, their is a cracking selection of real ales and the walls are attractively filled with framed jazz LP covers and Programmes.

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  2. Anne DeVere Harper (on F/b)Friday, February 19, 2016 9:16:00 pm

    go get'em Ruth!!

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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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