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Michael Feinstein: “Fred Astaire is my favorite singer. To me, he was the perfect interpreter of American popular song.” – (Jazz Times December 2014).

Bud Shank: “Once I saw California – that was it, I stayed.” – (Jazz Journal May 1991)

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Today Saturday February 25

Afternoon

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Devonport Hotel, 16-18 The Front, Middleton One Row, Darlington DL2 1AS. 01325 332255. 1:30pm. Free.

Evening

Bradley Johnston (Solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

Redemption - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.

Rendezvous Jazz/ Levee Ramblers NOJB 'At the Jazz Band Ball 2' - The Exchange, Howard St., North Shields NE30 1SE. 7:30pm. £10/£8.50.

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Monday, June 06, 2016

CD Review: Beat This: The Lawnmowers Theatre Company

(Review by the Comeback Kid)
So here I am again, thankfully minus my gall bladder, reviewing a CD off my own bat or rather pen, if Lance Blogmaster allows it. And it’s not even a jazz CD as such, but it will be of interest to jazz fans, especially drummers and percussionists.  The Lawnmowers Theatre Company is based in Gateshead and the organisation does an excellent job of working with people who have learning difficulties who do music and drama.  I found out about this group during the Late Shows Weekend, which happens each Spring, when museums, libraries etc are open late to the public. 
The CD, a bargain at £5 for 12 long tracks, is a wonderfully varied miscellany of music produced by the glass orchestra (tubes, sheets and domes of glass, giving out tinkles, tones, ethereal sounds); drums of many timbres, plus marimba, violin and vocal input  on some tracks. The titles of the tunes are intriguing, such as Glass Eye; Jaws, Clarity. 
The opening tune is Matthew’s Journey, with a voice describing an ordinary journey to Gateshead by bus, to the accompaniment of a glass walking rhythm, which I found both amusing and strangely moving.  Jaws is an African drum piece and the voice on The Law Of Entrainment explains this musical law of rhythm which was laid down by a Dutch scientist in 1655. Samba Funk does what it says on the tin and Library Music Box consists of glass sounds with a voiceover listing shipping forecast areas, with drums and a repeated riff on the violin. A and R is all tribal drums and shouts and Tates Freilich features a Kletzmer violin. Other titles are Funk Masters; Maracatu and the oddly named final tune 10 Years Of Hair Growth.
Readers would be well advised to see these musicians in action if they are featured in the Late Shows next year as it’s a sheer delight to watch how the glass instruments are played.  The performance is in Gateshead Old Town Hall, and there is also drama in mime, singing, breakdancing,  and the evening is rounded off with a free finger buffet.
The CD was issued in 2015 and the Lawnmowers are available to perform at festivals and educational events.
Ann Alex
Aaron Moody, Adam Tait, Brendan Murphy, Claire Hills-Wilson, Dan Brunskill, David Champion, Debbie Bell, Graeme Thompson, Laura Baxendale, Matthew Dennis, Paul Armstrong, Robin Dunn, Scott Roe, Sophie Clarke (playing various glass instruments, drums, percussion, marimba, violin). With special thanks to Brendan Murphy, Rob Kitchen, World Beaters Music and Afro Reggae.

1 comment :

  1. Brendan Murphy cane into our kids primary school to teach music. I can still remember Francis conducting a large ensemble of 10/11 year olds, so definitely an influence.

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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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