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Bebop Spoken There

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 Sunday February 26.

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
More Jam - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Evening
Maine St. Jazzmen - Seaton Sluice Social Club, Collywell Bay Rd., Seaton Sluice NE26 4QZ. 8pm. £4.
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Shaun Henderson Band - Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard, Darlington. 6pm. £5.
Jazz Jam - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SY. 7:30pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, October 03, 2016

CD [double] Review: Chet Baker - Live in London.

Chet Baker (tpt/vcl); John Horler (pno); Jim Richardson (bs); Tony Mann (dms).
(Review by Lance).
They came to bury Chet Baker - not to praise him. How wrong they were! Six nights at The Canteen in London in 1983 told the mourners [critics] that, although the sculptured facial features that had adorned so many magazine covers and album sleeves had been replaced by the tightly drawn, anguished, gaunt face of a man twice his age, the music hadn't paled. If anything there was a more fiery approach. Chet was still cool but the music burned more.
With a strong team of Soho Supermen behind him, Baker didn't let the listeners down - not if this recording is anything to go by!
LondonJazzBlog's major-domo, Sebastian Scotney, recalls in the album notes his memories of those nights at The Canteen. "I remember how assertive his playing was, how fluent and strong the lines were."
Words that are rubber-stamped by listening to the album. I'll even go out on a limb and say his playing is every bit as good as it was in the glory years. Bassist Richardson, who recorded the sessions on audio cassette, agrees, "I have a huge quantity of Chet Baker recordings and what we have here is the best."
The trumpet playing is great but let's not forget Chet was also a vocalist of no mean ability and it is here where the emotion creeps in. No, it doesn't creep, it arrives in a flood!
The almost whispered The Touch of Your Lips has a poignancy that brought near tears to my eyes. Omit near! Think of the last recordings of Billie Holiday where the voice was almost gone but the feeling, the emotive content, was there more than ever and you've got the picture. The trumpet solo following the vocal was, possibly the most lyrical on both CDs. Horler and Richardson stretch out, no doubt giving Chet time to get his vocal chords back on track. I think this is the most moving vocal I've ever heard by anyone anywhere although My Funny Valentine runs it close and, maybe, gets its head in front on the line!
I should also mention that Horler, Richardson, and Mann give Chet backing equal to anything he could have found in the jazz world at that time (Well maybe in NYC or LA - maybe).
Five years on he was dead...
Lance.
CD 1: Have You Met Miss Jones; Beatrice; For Minors Only; The Touch of Your Lips (vcl); Margarine (Tangerine!)
CD 2: With a Song in my Heart: Leaving; I Remember You (vcl/scat); My Funny Valentine (vcl); I'll Remember April.

1 comment :

  1. Thank you, Lance, for your exceedingly kind words.
    This project has been a labour of love, driven by exceptional music.
    Chet's legacy lives on...
    Best wishes,
    Martin Hummel, Director, Ubuntu Music

    ReplyDelete

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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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