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Grant Green Jr.: "One thing that most people--especially jazz cats--don't realise is that all of your jazz standards were once pop standards" - DownBeat July 2018).

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Bobby Sanabria: "Tito Puente was not a very tall man, but when he played the timbales he was a giant among men." - DownBeat July 2018).

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Today Sunday June 17

Afternoon

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1pm. Free.

Get in the Band rehearsal - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4666. 10:00am-6:00pm. First of two rehearsals under the direction of Chris Sharkey (second rehearsal Thurs 21 June, 6:00-10.00.pm) culminating in three performances in a day on Sat 23 June - 1) Great North Museum (Hancock Museum), 2) Central Station, 3) Sage Gateshead. Times TBC. Free but ticketed.

Big Gig in the Park: Durham Music Service Ensembles - South Park, Parkside, Darlington DL1 5TG. 12 noon.

Alice Grace & Ben Helm - Bonbar, Fenkle Street, Newcastle NE1 5XU. 1:30pm. Diners’ gig.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).

Sour Mash Trio - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Mark Williams & Joel Byrne-McCullough - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8:00pm. £5.00.

Jazz Jam - Head of Steam, Reform Place, Durham DH1 4RZ. 7:30pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society. Last one before the Summer recess.

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

Friday, November 03, 2017

CD Review: Bob Mundy - Love to Me

Bob Mundy (vocal); Dan Kaufman (piano); Peter Slavov (bass); Mark Ferber (drums); Lage Lund (drums); Sean Harkness (guitar); Dominick Farinacci (trumpet); Joel Frahm (tenor);; Sam Sadigursky (tenor/soprano); Keita Ogawa (percussion); Yves Dharamraj (cello).
(Review by Lance).
I've oft-times commented about the number of girl-singers rolling off the conveyer belt to the point where that piece of machinery must be due for a service and safety check. However, the male side of the factory is under less pressure which, perhaps, is why Bob Mundy comes across so relaxed.
Native New Yorker Mundy, born in Queens and raised on Long Island, began as a pianist and it was when he was playing piano for a variety show he was asked to get up and sing.
That was how it all began.
A pleasing, jazzlike, voice albeit closer to Bennett than Sinatra, Mundy's second album features material that is choice and far from overworked. It's always a delight when you discover a new - to me that is - song from a familiar composer. Loads of Love from 1962 show No Strings (the only show where Rodgers wrote both words and music - Rodgers also picked up a Tony award in the process) is an absolutely lovely tune and Mundy does it justice. There's also some fine blowing from Farinacci on this and throughout.
Joel Frahm blows some burnt toast tenor on Chris Caswell's Getting Beyond Goodbye. Mundy breaks his heart over an amazing range.Two versions of The Good Life - 5.42 and 3.18 - Well sung but too dramatic for me.
But Beautiful: More Farinacci trumpet, muted and the perfect complement to the vocal.
Carpe Diem: Steve Cagan's a new name to me although he's now in his mid-seventies. Sondheim and Bernstein, he says were/are his inspiration. It shows. He's a musical theatre man and Mundy does nothing to change things. Little jazz here but a sound performance anyway.
All You Need to Say is by Nat Adderley with lyric by Chris Caswell which is all you need to say and the jazz returns. Farinacci once again does the business and Kaufman too does a little cookin'.
Chris Caswell provides words and music for No Time For Love and Mundy handles it well aided by Kaufman and Lund. A little scatting.
I've Never Liked You - You smoke and you snore, you've got no money and your friends are a bore etc leading to the punchline, I've never liked you, but I miss you like hell! The album's worth it for this track alone even if its jazz content is minimal - it transgresses genre.
Until (Sting); Love to Me; The Last Night of the Year finish things off.
An ok album.
Buy/sample.
Lance

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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.)
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