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Hugh Masekela: “I advise every kid to check out their past because without a past you are in limbo.” (Songlines December 2017)

Leo Richardson: “I think your image is really important. You look at those old Blue Note recordings and you look at the liner note, the booklet and they’re in the studio and they’re wearing shirt and ties. They used to wear suits all the time.” – (Jazzwise December 2017/January 2018)

Submissions for review

Whilst we appreciate the many emails, texts, messages and other communications we receive requesting album/gig reviews on BSH, regrettably, we are unable to reply to them all other than those we are able to answer with a positive response.
Similarly, CDs received by post will only be considered if accompanied by sufficient background material.
Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance

Today December 14

Afternoon

Interim Recitals (Final Year Music Students) - Recital Room, Armstrong Building, Newcastle University NE1 7RU. Inc. Ben Richardson (jazz piano) 10:00am.

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

Evening

Christmas Swing w Danny Reed - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. 7:00pm. £18.95.

Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.

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

Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter’s Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. Tel: 0191 488 8068. 8:30pm. Free.

Tees Hot Club w. guests - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

Durham University Big Band - Riverside Bar, Dunelm House, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3AN. 8:30pm (doors 8:00pm). Free admission. The band’s ‘Jazzy Christmas 5’.

WCEA Big Band - Whitburn Church of England Academy, Whitburn SR6 7EF. Tel: 0191 529 3712. 7:00-9:30pm. £4.00. (£10.00. family of three). Tickets must be purchased in advance by December 8th. ‘Christmas Swing-a-long’ to include school choir. Whitburn Academy competes regularly at the annual Great North Big Band Jazz Festival.

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

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 :

Liz said...

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

Lance said...

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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