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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).

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Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 22 in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Today Friday May 26

Afternoon
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Paul Wilkinson - St. Nicholas Cathedral, St. Nicholas Square, Newcastle NE1 1PF. 1:05pm. Retiring collection.
Mark Williams/Joel Byrne McCullough - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Ruth Lambert Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm, £7 (£6 in advance.)
Hand to Mouth (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - High Friars Lane (Tyneside Cinema), Free, al fresco, 8pm. food and drink available.
Chris James & Martin Fletcher - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Imelda May - Sage Gateshead. 7pm. £38.20/£27.30 VIP Option £104.
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Hokum Hotshots - National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL. 7:30pm. £27.50. Tel: 0191 515 5555. ‘Bourbon & Blues’ three course meal - booking essential.
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Ushaw College, nr. Durham. 7:30pm. £7.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

CD Review: Ninna Milner: Songs For Sentient Beings

(Review by Ann Alex)
I’m so pleased to be reviewing this CD on International Women’s Day, as it’s an excellent example of what women can achieve with music. I was concerned when I read on the publicity sheet that the album was ‘for and to the sentient beings of our planet’, which sounded a bit pompous to my ears, but there is nothing pompous at all about the CD, which gives us fine jazz-influenced music and lyrics with an original, quirky and sometimes moving twist.  For example, there are 2 songs about contemporary concerns: Dear Humans deals with climate change and the earth is speaking to us: ‘I’m as old as the hills/ and forever your mother/but your way of living kills/You need me, sisters and brothers/It seems that you don’t bother."
When The Boat Comes In addresses the issue of the immigrants coming by sea, and compares boats entering safe tourist harbours such as Dublin with boats of immigrants coming to other parts of Europe.  The rest of the songs deal with life and love in general, with titles such as Let Me Be Your Favourite Song; Back To Wellington; Wednesday In October; Hoi An; That’s What He Said; This Too Shall Pass; Such A Sunday; Paris On My Tongue and a booklet of lyrics is supplied.  Ms Milner’s voice is gentle-toned and sweet, every word is clear, and the musicians supply effective solos and they know how to swing when appropriate. This Too Shall Pass gives us lovely riffs on the violin, and on the song about immigrants, the organ plays in gospel style. The accordion goes Latin on Such A Sunday.
There isn’t much information given about these two talented women, except to say that they met in that place of significance for women, a toilet queue! 
Ann Alex.
Ninna Milner: Songs For Sentient Beings was released on March 6 and WiMi 21 may be the catalogue number, but this is not clear from the publicity sheet
Ninna Milner (composer, vocals); Christine Bojsen Traeden (lyrics); Mads Sondergaard (piano, accordion); Tomas Raae (upright bass); Janus Templeton (drums, perc); Regin Fuhlendorf (guitar, banjo); Dan Hemmer (organ, moog); Annmare Soffi Petersen (violin).
(Singers on Dear Humans: Ninna Milner, Birgitte Soojin, Bobo Moreno, Persille Ingerslev, Kira Martini, Esben Just, Sinne Eeg).

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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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