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Today Sunday June 17

Afternoon

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1pm. Free.

Get in the Band rehearsal - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4666. 10:00am-6:00pm. First of two rehearsals under the direction of Chris Sharkey (second rehearsal Thurs 21 June, 6:00-10.00.pm) culminating in three performances in a day on Sat 23 June - 1) Great North Museum (Hancock Museum), 2) Central Station, 3) Sage Gateshead. Times TBC. Free but ticketed.

Big Gig in the Park: Durham Music Service Ensembles - South Park, Parkside, Darlington DL1 5TG. 12 noon.

Alice Grace & Ben Helm - Bonbar, Fenkle Street, Newcastle NE1 5XU. 1:30pm. Diners’ gig.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).

Sour Mash Trio - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Mark Williams & Joel Byrne-McCullough - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8:00pm. £5.00.

Jazz Jam - Head of Steam, Reform Place, Durham DH1 4RZ. 7:30pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society. Last one before the Summer recess.

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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