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Number 22 in World Jazz Blog Rankings

Bebop Spoken There

Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Steve Voce: “Most of us have been crashed into by cretins who walk along the road absorbed in the screens of their mobile phones.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Today Wednesday May 24

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.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £5.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, March 28, 2016

CD Review: Eileen Howard - Big City Love

Eileen Howard (vcl); Michael Raye (keys); Nat Janoff (gtr); Eddy Khairnovich (bs); Darrell Smith (dms); Daniel Bennett (saxes); Matthew Owens (tpt).
(Review by Lance).
The love in the album title is New York, the songs are a mix of Howard originals, songs related to the most famous city in the world (sorry London, Paris, Newcastle) and other numbers where the connection may be tenuous but the Broadway/42nd St./downtown/uptown feeling is always there.
Howard, is a gal working in an overpopulated field but, with Ella, Billie, Anita, Peggy and so many others out of the race, her discs are going to show.
A voice that is bluesy, occasionally theatrical (in the nicest sense of the term) and always totally immersed in the lyric. 
Manhattan is simply fantastic. One minute it's in English, well no, it's  actually American (girl/goil) then it's in French - brilliant! 
This lady is a singer, composer, arranger and one who makes you believe the words she is singing.
Behind her are some of New Yorks finest all contributing to this rather special bite of the Big Apple.
The final track sums it up - But Beautiful!
Eileen's version of Sunday in New York should be adopted by the city's tourist board!
Big City Love is released on March 31 and the launch party is at West End Avenue (West End & West 107th at Broadway).
Details.
Lance.

2 comments :

  1. Your rendition of Sunday In New York. representing NYC. Well! Can't wait to hear the rest of your love songs to the Big City . . .

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  2. Thanks so much, Lance! Thanks for spreading the gospel of Jazz and I hope to meet you in person one day.

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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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