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Bebop Spoken There

Ernie Wilkins: “If you don't look at the liner notes, you don't know who in the hell it is. Everybody sounds alike, that same million-note approach. Faceless.” – (Crescendo November 1975).

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Ben Williams: “A lot of jazz today has developed this allergy to simplicity. ‘If it’s simple, that means it’s not hip’ is a theme. But sometimes the simplest thing you can do is the hippest thing you can do.” – (Down Beat August 2015).

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Archives.

Today Wednesday March 22

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.
Paul Skerritt Band - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
John Harle and Steve Lodder - Royal Grammar School, Eskdale Tce., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4DX. 7pm. £20 & £10. 60th birthday tour for RGS alumnus Harl.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £4.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

CD Review: Sarah King & The Smoke Rings

Sarah King (vcl/uke); Alex Levin (pno); Scott Ritchie (bs); Ben Cliness (dms).
(Review by Lance).
This is the legend. Alex Levin dreams of adding a vocalist to his already popular trio. One fall afternoon, he spots a young woman walking by Prospect Park in Brooklyn with a ukelele in her hand. He approaches her and asks her to play a song for him. (Note, we don't recommend approaching young women in parks who are carrying ukuleles. Chances are they'll use the ukulele as a shillelagh and smash it over your head before calling the law!)
Her voice, he thinks, is like an old record and he's musically smitten. 
Well, that's the story that's going around. Whatever, a rehearsal follows, leading to festival appearances, a residency in a NYC hotel and, subsequently, this delightful CD.
You know what? It could just about have happened that way! 
King's voice wraps itself around your heartstrings. It's Billie without the anguish, Blossom as if she'd gone to Nashville instead of Paris, young Ella, Anita with Krupa, maybe (I quote Oscar Levant) Doris before she became a virgin. They're all in the mix and the result is totally Sarah King. Add The Smoke Rings and it's enough to make you go out and buy a pack of Marlborough! No! don't do that, aurally inhale Sarah King and The Smoke Rings instead.
Sample/buy.
Lance..

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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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