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Bebop Spoken There

Miles Kington: "If the intake of alcohol fails to improve a jazz player's performance, why do jazz listeners think it improves their appreciation?" - (Jazz Express October 1982).

Barbara Jay: "My first gig was at the Astoria, Charing Cross Rd. It seemed like a den of iniquity to me. All the Soho girls were there and the gigolos with their old women paying them to dance..." - (Jazz UK May 2008.)

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Today Tuesday February 28

Bill Laurence Group - Sage Gateshead. 8pm. £17.40.
Alex Munk's Flying Machines - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £10/£8. JNE/Schmazz gig.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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Monday, October 31, 2016

CD Review: Nicole Sapho - Tiptoe

Nicole Saphos (bs/vcl); John Lee (gtr); Ele Rubenstein (dms).
(Review by Lance).
One of the highs (and sometimes 'lows') of blogging is the diversity of albums that arrive for review - in particular, those that have crossed the Atlantic (BSH is truly international). However, everything American isn't always 'the berries' and frequently, quite the opposite. Fortunately, there are invariably a few that justify the sender's mailing costs. This is, more or less, just such a one.

Saphos, composer, double bassist, vocalist, is a class act in all three categories. Here she intersperses her own songs along with those by Porter (Just One of Those Things); Berlin (Say it Isn't So); Monk (Ugly Beauty); Artie Shaw's Moonray ; De Paul and Raye's You Don't Know What Love is and Fiona Apple's Hot Knife.
Her own compositions: Broken Ballerina reflects on how ballerinas' careers are cut tragically short by injury and age. Doesn't Do sees the singer grappling with a heart not doing the expected. Custom Memories perhaps suggest that we only remember what we want to remember. I'm not too sure what Lady Hip's Great Escape is all about. It refers to  Tiptoe, the album's title and includes the line Blink twice if you understand - I'm not blinking!
Nevertheless, the lady has an appealing voice, writes good songs and is no slouch on bass with lots of melodic touches.
Couple this with John Lee's impressive solos and Rubenstein's sympathetic drums and you have a very listenable CD. Not a party album, nor one to play when you're down but great if you're somewhere in between.
Lance.
Self released on November 18.

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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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