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Bebop Spoken There

Piers Paul Read: "Bruce Reynolds and Biggs shared an interest in Sex, Jazz and Hemingway." - (The Train Robbers by Piers Paul Read, Coronet Books 1979.)

George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Similarly, CDs received by post will only be considered if accompanied by sufficient background material.
Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance

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Today Wednesday July 18

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8:00pm. £1.00.

Gala Big Band: BRASS for Sir Bobby - Durham Miners’ Hall, Flass Street, Durham DH1 4BE. 7:30pm. £10 Durham Brass Festival.

Reel Brass + Shake ‘Em Up Jazz Band - Front Street, Chester le Street, Co. Durham DH3. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Town centre street performance. Durham Brass Festival (Street Ceilidh).

Steve Glendinning & Paul Grainger - Dun Cow, Brandling Village, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4RS. 8pm. Free.

Big BRASS Bash - Timothy Hackworth Park, Shildon. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Durham Brass Festival.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Timothy Hackworth Park, Central Parade, Shildon DL4 1DL. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

Community Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm £3.00.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson Street, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

Tyne Valley Junior Jazz Ensemble + Tyne Valley Youth Big Band + Tyne Valley Big Band - Phoenix Club & Bar, Chisholm Place, Hexham NE46 1QL. 6:00pm. Donations.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, April 08, 2016

CD Review: Daria - Strawberry Fields Forever, Songs by the Beatles.

Daria (vcl) - See image for personnel and track list.
(Review by Lance).
Am I the only person who prefers many of the Beatles' songs when they're performed by someone else? I gave Kenny Ball's version of When I'm 64 the nod over the original and I like Daria's version even more than that although the gender reversal implied by the lyric does feel strange to an old chauvinist like me!
When I get older losing my hair, or You can knit a sweater sitting by the fire or Doing the garden, digging the weeds etc... I personally wouldn't want to be married to a 64-year-old bald woman who was doing the garden whilst I was knitting a sweater! That aside, this is as good a jazzy/Latin interpretation of the Fab Fours' songbook as I've heard in a long while. Daria manages to retain the mood of the originals whilst, at the same time, injecting her own personality into the mix.
She's Going Home, inspired by She's Leaving Home is confusing - is she going home to mother or back home to husband? Whichever way, it hits an emotional spot.
Daria is a sensitive singer and she nails the content 100%. We all know and, no doubt liked Ella's version of Can't Buy Me Love but, at the end of the day, most of us recognised it as an attempt to connect to another generation. This version is different. It treats the song as one that is as meaningful as many of the GASbook classics.
And Daria does this throughout. It may not persuade you to ditch your Beatle albums but it should certainly persuade you to make space next to them and, perhaps, when you're 64, who knows which one you'll listen to?
Samples.
Lance.

1 comment :

Richard Waddington said...

I've never really understood why people on a Jazz site would have Beatles albums ( except Revolver and solely for TNK ). Similarly, many think you should listen to Bob Dylan songs by other people but, Hendrix version of Watchtower - one of the best records either of them ever made - notwithstanding, I don't really know why anybody thinks you need to listen to Bob Dylan songs at all. Some half, maybe 3/4 decent albums, but he's almost as over-rated as John Lemon.

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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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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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