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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 Saturday February 25

Afternoon

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Devonport Hotel, 16-18 The Front, Middleton One Row, Darlington DL2 1AS. 01325 332255. 1:30pm. Free.

Evening

Bradley Johnston (Solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

Redemption - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.

Rendezvous Jazz/ Levee Ramblers NOJB 'At the Jazz Band Ball 2' - The Exchange, Howard St., North Shields NE30 1SE. 7:30pm. £10/£8.50.

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Saturday, October 08, 2016

CD Review: Rebecca Dumaine - Happy Madness

Rebecca Dumaine (vcl); Dave Miller (pno); Perry Thoorsell (bs); Bill Belasco (dms) + Brad Beuthe (gtr); Pete Cornell (ten).
(Review by Lance).
I gave it a glance, shrugged my shoulders and thought, "one for Debra or Ann". Then I gave it a second glance - second glances are fatal!
Track number 11 - Destination Moon!*
Dumaine is on her fourth album here and I'm already wishing I had the other three and that's just after hearing her take on Joe Bushkin's Nobody Else But Me.  If Bushkin hadn't spent as much time hanging out with Spanier, Condon and those guys he'd have been in the Songwriter's Hall of Fame.
Dumaine does the song justice. I fall in love too easily (not a song on the CD) but from Doris Day via Ella to the late Amy a songbird does it for me. 
I know that, in the past, I've suggested that jazz singers are rolling off a conveyor belt like a plague of locusts. Dumaine ain't no locust! A swinger, an interpreter of lyric, an improviser, a woman capable of getting to the core of the song and doing it delightfully. This one excites me!
Of course, without the superb Dave Miller Trio goosing her along the ten-star review would drop down to 5! Beuthe (his Blues in the Closet intro to It's All Right With Me launches Dumaine into orbit) and Cornell chips in to keep it flying. Car stereo tomorrow - must go for a long drive!
Tracks: Nobody Else But Me; Samba Saravah; Like Someone in Love; Take a Chance; So Nice; It's All Right With Me; I'm Old Fashioned; This Happy Madness; Here, There, and Everywhere; The More I See You; Destination Moon; Haven't We Met?; Spider Man. 
Lance.
*Some 40 years back, Dave Bell had a jazz program on Radio Newcastle which culminated with an 'Identify the band, soloist, singer etc.' competition.The winner received, I think, a record token. As, at the time, I was working in the jazz record dept. of a local music shop it wasn't too difficult for me to make an educated guess at the answer. In fact,  I won so many times (the late Ron Pollard was my closest rival) that eventually I was invited to appear on the show and talk about my favourite records. I can't remember all of the ones I chose although I think Wardell Gray would have been among them. What I do remember is that my choice of Destination Moon by Dinah Washington resulted in just about everyone who'd listened to the show coming into the shop wanting to buy the album. Poor Wardell didn't get a look in!

2 comments :

  1. yes, a great number Lance, new to me, thanks for pointing it out.

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  2. Composed by Marvin Fisher who also wrote When Sunny Gets Blue. His father, Fred Fisher wrote Chicago, his sister Doris wrote You Always Hurt the One You Love and his brother Dan had a hand in Good Morning Heartache - quite a family!

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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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