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Bebop Spoken There

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 10, 2017

CD Review: Mônica Vasconcelos - The São Paulo Tapes

Mônica Vasconcelos (voice); Ife Tolentino (guitar); Liam Noble (piano); Andrés Lafone (elect. bass); Yaron Stavi (double bass); Marius Rodrigues (drums).
(Review by Lance).
And still they advance - the girls - I'm surrounded, I surrender, although in this case it's a sweet surrender. It may be an album of Brazilian Resistance Songs and even though the lingo is foreign to me, the songs speak for themselves. Just as Italian Opera is best heard in Italian irrespective of how au fait you are with the language, so it is here. The booklet tells those who wish to know what each song is about but I prefer to listen and draw my own conclusion. In truth, treating the vocals as another instrument.

Vasconcelos, who appeared at GIJF circa 2009, has been living in the UK for over two decades during which time she has appeared at many prestigious venues as well as recording 7 albums to date.
The São Paolo Tapes are particularly special to her showcasing, as they do, the compositions of many of Brazil's greatest songwriters. Because, and I quote, they were; Crafted by by real masters of songwriting during the dictatorship (1964/1985), under the scrutiny of censors, they have a power that transcends time and borders, I guess because they address universal themes. Love, freedom, justice. They can be joyful or sad - but they never fail to move you, I know where she's coming from.
This is far removed from Astrid Gilberto, offering an alternative look at Brazil via song and story.
Robert Wyatt who'd previously recorded with Vasconcelos came out of retirement to produce the album. Liam Noble is well featured and the musicians blend like the best Brazilian coffee and, in this case, it's instant!
Currently being played regularly on Jazz Fm The São Paulo Tapes, are available via the usual suspects.
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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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