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Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Steve Voce: “Most of us have been crashed into by cretins who walk along the road absorbed in the screens of their mobile phones.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

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Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 22 in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Today Friday May 26

Afternoon
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Paul Wilkinson - St. Nicholas Cathedral, St. Nicholas Square, Newcastle NE1 1PF. 1:05pm. Retiring collection.
Mark Williams/Joel Byrne McCullough - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Ruth Lambert Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm, £7 (£6 in advance.)
Hand to Mouth (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - High Friars Lane (Tyneside Cinema), Free, al fresco, 8pm. food and drink available.
?????????? - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8pm. Free.
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Imelda May - Sage Gateshead. 7pm. £38.20/£27.30 VIP Option £104.
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Ushaw College, nr. Durham. 7:30pm. £7.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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Sunday, March 12, 2017

CD Review:Barb Jungr - Every Grain Of Sand 15th anniversary edition

(Review by Debra M)
Barb Jungr’s album of Bob Dylan songs is being reissued as a 15th-anniversary special edition, following its original widely acclaimed 2002 release.  Apparently coincidental with Dylan’s recent award of Nobel prize for Literature, her selection of songs, spanning 5 decades,  is a timely reminder of his sustained productivity.  
Dylan’s distinctive style of delivery is not universally admired, but his songs are vocally invigorated by Jungr’s  combination of  impeccable singing and the range of her emotional delivery,  backed by a highly sympathetic,  piano-led ensemble.   

The album opens with ‘I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight’ and ‘If Not For You’, but really kicks off in the third track with ‘Things Have Changed’, reimagined as a dramatic tango. Another highlight is ‘Not Dark Yet’, where the restrained accompaniment of accordion and cello underlines Jungr’s  sombre and melancholic vocal. Dylan has rarely sung anything without sounding cynical; in the original version of ‘Forever Young’, apparently simple tidings of encouragement are delivered with anger, as if he’s singing about his own loss of innocence.  But Jungr transforms it into a joyful hymn dedicated to the optimism of youth, with an up-beat Latin arrangement featuring percussion, accordion, and exuberant vocal improvisation.  The only reference to blowing winds in this Dylan tribute is subtle, in the final and title track ‘Every Grain of Sand’, which starts and ends with a distant storm.  The stripped back arrangement of accordion, strings and harmonica, with the lyric to the fore, gives a traditional folk feel.  Although this is one of his later songs (1981), it’s a reminder of Dylan’s early days in New York, and of the influence of US and British folks musicians, as well as of the expressive quality of his writing.  

Debra M
Barb Jungr – vocal, vocal arrangements & harmonica; Simon Wallace – piano; Russell Churney – piano; Julie Walkington – double bass; Sonya Fairburn – violin; Sonia Oakes Stuart – cello; Kim Burton – accordion; Gary Hammond – percussion; Mark Lockheart – soprano & tenor saxophone.

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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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