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Bebop Spoken There

Piers Paul Read: "Bruce Reynolds and Biggs shared an interest in Sex, Jazz and Hemingway." - (The Train Robbers by Piers Paul Read, Coronet Books 1979.)

George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Lance

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Today Thursday July 19

Afternoon

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

Evening

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free.

Alexys de Alfaro: Guitar Dreams with Coco Vega - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. Doors 7:00pm. A ‘jar on the bar’ gig. Guitar & percussion.

Alter Ego - St James’ & St Basil’s Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £10.00.

Jesse Bannister Quartet - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). JNE.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Jubilee Park, Spennymoor DL16. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

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

Tees Hot Club w. Donna Hewitt (alto); Josh Bentham (tenor); Dave Archbaid (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

Jazz Jam - Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 8pm. Free.

Billy's Buskers: Plug in and Play - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 7:00pm. Free.

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

Thursday, October 06, 2016

CD Review: Carol Bach-y-Rita: Minha Casa (My House)

Carol Bach-y-Rita (vocals); Larry Koonse (guitar); Bill Cantos (piano); John Leftwich (bass); Mike Shapiro (drums, perc); Dudu Fuentes (perc on 1 track).
(Review by Ann Alex)
A fine polished CD of standards and originals by a talented singer and stellar musicians, some of whose names are familiar to me from other items on BSH, not really sure where or when. The cover information includes a basic description of each track, eg Nature Boy,’voice, drum duet, improvised, which is very helpful. A crafty reviewer, (not allowed on BSH!) could have written a review without listening, but that would have meant missing a treat.
Carol Bach-y-Rita has an international outlook, having lived in several countries, and is heavily influenced by Brazilian rhythms.  Her formative years in Northern California included a European tour whilst living in Paris. Work in radio and TV  also sidelined her musical ambitions hence this, I think, being only her second CD.
Now for a rundown of each track.  Morning Coffee (Bill Cantos):  a lively samba with a fast, snappy piano solo, clever lyrics (you're my morning coffee, English breakfast, etc’) and well-blended scat, which fits the tune and is not merely a clever additive.
You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To: with guitar and drums and a slow 6/8 feel
A Night In Tunisia: Scat, percussion and piano, ringing ‘eastern’ guitar and fast words with clever diction.
Tis Autumn: warm guitar, brushed drums, straight-ahead singing.
The Dry Cleaner From Des Moines: (Joni Mitchell/Mingus) done as a samba-reggae
Nature Boy: my favourite track, a fine voice/drum improvisation
Trust: a Bach-y-Rita original, sung to an unusual Maracatu rhythm
Pra Quem Quiser Me Visitar: a pleasant song about heaven in Spanish (or Portuguese?).
Gardening With No Pants: an original by our singer, voice only, and percussion from Fuentes, exciting listening.
Love Look Away: A love song, re-arranged to be a modal version, from major to minor.
While My Lady Sleeps: piano and voice duet, a very romantic ending to a great CD.
Ann Alex.
Now available on, UPC 888295487788 – Samples.

1 comment :

Steven T said...

Great cover, or is that alpha-male locker-room banter. Think I'll go and punch a colleague.

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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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