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Bebop Spoken There

Dave Gelly: “From 1 January 1920, when prohibition was imposed in the US, people didn’t stop drinking, they just stopped drinking legally.” – (Jazz Journal October 2017).

Regina Carter: “When I was a teenager, I would daydream about going out on a date and dancing to Ella’s music.” (Down Beat October 2017).

Bebop Spoken Here on hold

As of tonight (November 15) at 21:00 hrs, this site will be temporarily on hold to allow for essential executive maintenance. Some minor activity may be possible during this period and we hope to have normal service resumed as soon as possible.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Lance

Today Thursday November 16

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:00pm. Free.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - White Horse Hotel, Burtree Lane, Harrowgate Hill, Darlington DL1 3AD. Tel: 01325 463262. 1:30pm. Free.

Evening.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter’s Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE.

Ponyland - Bar Loco, 22 Leazes Park Road, Newcastle NE1 4PG. Tel: 0191 232 5871. 8:30pm. Free.

TBA – Railway, Wellington St., Gateshead. 8pm.

Mary Coughlan - Queen Vic, 78 Victoria Road, South Shields NE33 5PQ. 0191 447 0290. Doors 7:00pm. £18.00 (advance) from The Word (South Shields Library) or by card, tel 0191 427 4597.

Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland (trumpet); Donna Hewitt (sax); Graham Thompson (keys) - Dorman’s, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. 9:00pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.01642 678129.

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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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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