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Bebop Spoken There

Les Paul: "Okay so you make great sounds. The people you're playing for, they work all day, they don't go to music schools and study harmony. They pay their dough, they come in, they listen. If they don't understand what you're doing, they walk out. What are you supposed to do, tie 'em with a rope whilst you explain you're playing great music?" - (Down Beat June 15, 1951).

Jack Perciful: "Unless you're playing somewhere like Carnegie Hall, in the States, the piano is the last thing they buy. When they've got ten dollars left over they go buy a piano." - (Crescendo October 1971.)

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

Today Sunday May 28

Afternoon.
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
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Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Northumberland Park, Tynemouth Rd., Tynemouth NE30 2HA. 3pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Evening
Cancelled! Young Musicians Jam Session - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm. Cancelled!
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Billy Bootleggers All Star House Band w. Teresa Watson - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

CD Review: Diana Krall - Turn Up The Quiet.


(Review by Lance)
A day after the Ella centenary we return to the current First Lady of Song - Diana Krall. Eleven GASbook classics - love songs, so sensual that it makes me wish I was Elvis Costello. 
And if the voice wasn't enough there's the piano playing. At times, reminiscent of the King Cole Trio which isn't surprising given that most, if not all, of the songs have been associated with the late Nat and Krall has recorded tributes to him in the past. There's also a slight suggestion of George Shearing in Isn't it Romantic? But, most of all, it's Diana's personal identity that stands out.
Three different groups and all with outstanding players. The voice and bass (McBride) duo chorus that kicks off Like Someone in Love is pure magic and the guitar-work by all three pickers is exemplary.Check out Malone on Blue Skies; Ribot on Moonglow and Wilson on Sway.
Not surprisingly, her former mentor Alan Broadbent arranged a gorgeous version of Dream. Appropriately enough, Dream, preceded by No Moon at All, is the penultimate track before the album concludes with I'll See You in my Dreams which I most certainly will tonight.
An album for lovers - lovers of cool, laid back, vocal jazz.
Other tracks: L-O-V-E; Night and Day; I'm Confessin'. - dig the piano on this latter track!
Available on Verve Records May 5.
Lance.
Diana Krall (vocal/piano); Christian McBride (bass); Russell Malone (guitar) + strings on several tracks. Alan Broadbent arranged Dream.
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Krall (vocal/piano); Stuart Duncan (violin); Tony Garnier (bass); Marc Ribot (guitar); Karriem Riggins (drums).
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Krall (piano/vocal); Anthony Wilson (guitar); John Clayton Jr. (bass); Jeff Hamilton (drums).

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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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