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Bebop Spoken There

Miles Kington: "If the intake of alcohol fails to improve a jazz player's performance, why do jazz listeners think it improves their appreciation?" - (Jazz Express October 1982).

Barbara Jay: "My first gig was at the Astoria, Charing Cross Rd. It seemed like a den of iniquity to me. All the Soho girls were there and the gigolos with their old women paying them to dance..." - (Jazz UK May 2008.)

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Today Tuesday February 28

Bill Laurence Group - Sage Gateshead. 8pm. £17.40.
Alex Munk's Flying Machines - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £10/£8. JNE/Schmazz gig.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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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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