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Today Thursday April 25

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - The Merry Monk, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 12:30pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Eliot Smith Dance: Triple Bill - Newbiggin Maritime Centre, Church Point, Newbiggin by the Sea NE64 6DB. Tel: 01670 811951. 7:30pm. £14.00. (£12.00. concs., £30.00. family). Performance inc Poppy (music composed by Jason Holcomb).

Julija Jaceniate Trio Black Swan, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 8:00pm. £6.00. (£5.00. concs). Jacenaite (vocals), Steve Glendinning (guitar), Paul Grainger (double bass).

Paul Skerritt Band - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. Tel: 01325 468411. 8:00pm. Free.

Paul Donnelly Quartet - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free. Tees Hot Club: Dormans Jazz Festival.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

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

Sunday, July 17, 2016

CD Review:Lauren Bush - All My Treasures.

Lauren Bush (vcl); Liam Dunachie (pno/arr); Andrew Robb (bs); David Ingamells (dms) + Brandon Allen (ten); Miguel Gorodi (tpt); Kieran McLeod (tmb); (Ian Shaw (producer & background vcl on 1 track).
(Review by Lance)
Lauren Bush, a new name to me, I guess she's a Home Counties girl. This debut album could change all that!
The title of the album, All My Treasures, encompasses 12 songs that have had an impact on her career. Let's take a look at them.
I've Got Just About Everything I Need: A Bob Dorough composition, arranged by Canadian bassist Don Thompson and Dunache, gets things moving. Imagine a combination of Blossom Dearie and Annie Ross and you're getting close. Track one and I can't wait to hear more!
I'm Old Fashioned: Bush refers to hearing the song in Toronto - is she Canadian?. Brandon Allen has a fine blast on tenor, Dunache takes it out with a kind of spinet-like stride and, in between, Lauren rephrases the tune.
Dindi: I have to confess this is one Jobim tune that doesn't register with me - having said that, this is probably the least worst version of this 'dingy' ballad. Apart from Bush's clever improvising, there's also some nice trombone from McLoud and I'm beginning to think it's not such a bad tune after all - although it would never make my top 12!
Secret Love: Another song I invariably view with suspicion and, on this occasion, totally unfounded!
Great scat chorus and more fine tenor from Allen along with some fours thrown in before Bush takes it out. Doris Day and Carmen McRae may have made it their own but Lauren lies comfortably in between
A You're Adorable: An unlikely vehicle! But it's fun and she doesn't try to make it something it isn't.
Brings back childhood memories for me too - but I shan't mention her name!
I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter: Knockout vocal, superb vocalese with the horns blending in with the vocal.
Detour Ahead: Once again the Bush voice and the Allen tenor to the fore.
Charade: Remember seeing the film centuries ago - Cary Grant & Audrey Hepburn. Not much of a film. Didn't think  much of the song either - until today! Superb arrangement brilliantly sung with outstanding trumpet.
Sweet Georgia Brown: We're on track 9 and I'm coming to the conclusion that Bush and the boys couldn't hit  a bum note if they were paid to! The quasi-dixie section gives it a quirky touch. Put Lauren into a tight black and white dress and a picture hat and she could just about shade Anita!
Doodlin': The Horace Silver classic is pure gold! Think Annie Ross and Twisted!
You're Nearer: Voice and piano - Bush, inspired by Shirley Horn's version of the Rodgers and Hart classic and, I guess. pianist Dunache was too.
Feelin' Alright: Ian Shaw, along with Dunache, did the arrangement with Shaw throwing in the backing vocal. Shaw also produced the album and Dunanche did all the arrangements on the disc.
A credit to all concerned!
Lance.
* Softly as in a Morning Sunrise not on actual CD.

1 comment :

kaletzkya said...

Home counties? She's Canadian. Have heard a lot of her and always enjoyed it - a fine singer and a really nice person. And Liam's a great piano player.

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