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Hugh Masekela: “I advise every kid to check out their past because without a past you are in limbo.” (Songlines December 2017)

Leo Richardson: “I think your image is really important. You look at those old Blue Note recordings and you look at the liner note, the booklet and they’re in the studio and they’re wearing shirt and ties. They used to wear suits all the time.” – (Jazzwise December 2017/January 2018)

Submissions for review

Whilst we appreciate the many emails, texts, messages and other communications we receive requesting album/gig reviews on BSH, regrettably, we are unable to reply to them all other than those we are able to answer with a positive response.
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

Today Saturday December 16

Afternoon

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Evening

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band -Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regent Farm Road, Gosforth NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 7:30pm. Second night of two.

An Evening of Swing & Sparkle - National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL. 7:00pm. Tel: 0191 515 5555 (booking essential). £35.00. Rat Pack act, four course meal.

No Time for Jive - The Tannery, Gilesgate, Hexham NE46 3QD. Tel: 01434 605537. 9:00pm. Free.

Lyndon Anderson Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Snow Ball - St Mary’s Heritage Centre, Oakwellgate, Gateshead NE8 2AU. Tel: 0191 433 4699. 7:00pm. £19.00. Strictly Speakeasy (swing band) & Lindy jazz dance.

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

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

CD Review: Kat Parra - Songbook of the Américas.

(Review by Debra M ).
San Francisco-based Kat Parra brings together a range of jazz and Latin influences in her fifth album Songbook of the Americas.  It’s all there in the opening Four, played as a mambo, with tight fluid horn lines and original lyrics, including a break into a Spanish ‘coros’. Betty Carter’s characteristically witty phrasing in Please Do Something goes down well as a ‘Cha-Cha’, the arrangement potentially ideal material for Strictly Come Dancing.  
Parra nails her bebop credentials in Wouldn’t It Be Sweet, an outstanding delivery of original lyrics, vocalese & scatting on Charlie Parker’s Au Privave. The rest of the album is composed of predominantly Latin songs, and Parra’s slightly hard-edged tone is well suited to the emotional delivery of Spanish lyrics. The variety of the material is enhanced by subtly dynamic arrangements & contributions from the guest vocalists. A highlight is the ensemble’s version of well-known bolero Besame Mucho, which is refreshed by a slow and atmospheric interpretation featuring Masaru Koga on shakuhachi (a Japanese end-blown flute),  with the acoustic bass & percussion combining particularly effectively.  However, the final track, Mambo Italiano, with lyrics so cheesy they include mozzarella (it’s true!), may be a mambo too far. Fortunately, the track is redeemed by some great horn lines, a fine trombone solo by Wayne Wallace, and the impression that the band clearly had such a good time playing it, along with the rest of the album.   
Debra.
Kat Parra – vocals; Murray Lowe – piano; Marc van Wageningen – electric bass; Aaron Germain – acoustic bass; Sascha Jacobsen – acoustic bass; Colin Douglas – drums; Daniel Foltz – drums; Michael Spiro – percussion; Masaru Koga – alto & soprano sax, shakuhachi, flute, coros; John Worley – trumpet; Wayne Wallace – trombone; Lila Sklar – violin; Seth Asarnow – bandoneon.

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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.)
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