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Dennis Lichtman: "You can be as nerdy and intricate as you want. But if the rhythm section is thumping, any schmo can walk in off the street and be moved by it." - (DownBeat, December 2018).

Today Saturday November 17

Afternoon

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Evening

Blue Jazz Quintet - St George’s Church, St George’s Close, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2TF. Tel: 0191 281 1659. 7:00pm.

World of Brass In Concert - - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4666. 7:00pm. £26.20., £19.60., £10.90. concert featuring Fodens, Matthew Ford (vocals) & Mike Lovatt (trumpet) in a Sinatra-themed show.

Forever the Beat of the Drum: Mark Jon Bolderson Percussion Foundation - Queen’s Hall, Beaumont St, Hexham NE46 3LS. Tel: 01434 652477. 7:30pm. £15.00. Annual fundraising concert. Line-up inc. Tyne Valley Big Band & Tyne Valley Junior Big Band.

Ray Stubbs R&B All Stars + Mitch Laddie & friends - The Peacock, High St West, Sunderland SRI 3ES. Tel: 0191 511 1451. 8:00pm. £10.00. Blues.

Teresa Watson Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

CD Review: Karen Lane - Passarim

Karen Lane (vocals); Andrea Trillo (drums, vocals tracks 7,10); Rob Luft (guitar); Steve Watts (bass); Graham Harvey (piano, Rhodes); Gareth Lockrane (flutes); also Aneselmo Netto (perc tracks 2,6,7); Ricardo Dos Santos (bass tracks 5,12); Saskia Horton (violin track 5); Simon McCorry (cello track 5)
(Review by Ann Alex)
By happy coincidence, I was in a Latin Jazz mood when reviewing this CD, brought on by watching the excellent documentary film about The Buena Vista Social Club (Friday evening television), with its lively street scenes of Cuba, biographies of the musicians, and of course the music itself. This CD features the music of Brazil, different country you say, but still with the Latin rhythms and songs of love shot through with images of sea, sand, trees and flowers.  
Karen Lane was raised in Perth, Western Australia, and she started off as a soul singer in Sydney in the early 90’s. She eventually settled in the UK, became involved in the jazz scene, and was championed by the chat show host, Michael Parkinson. She has played at venues such as Ronnie Scott’s, Pizza Express, and Cafe De Paris in Monte Carlo. This is her newest album, with a new set of musicians, with some songs in Portuguese and some in English. The musicians are well up to the mark and beyond, the voice is pleasing, with a good range, and the repertoire is of both well-known songs and some less familiar. The language was no barrier to enjoyment.

The title track was typical, Jobim’s Passarim, (track 9), with English lyrics about a bird, a tree, and love. The flute portrays bird-like sounds, then is joined by piano.  Track 10, Moon And Sand is rhythmical yet relaxing, with skilled wordless vocalisations. On track 5, we meet Lane’s eldest daughter, Saskia Horton, playing excellent violin, together with more great flute work from Lockrane which lasts to fade-out. Lots of songs are by Jobim, 6 out of 13 tracks. Track listings are:-
1 Chega De Saudade (No More Blues); 2 Manha De Carnival (Carnival); 3 Samba De Verao  (That Would Be So Nice); 4 Caminhos Cruzados;  5 If You Wanna Be A Lover ; 6 Poinciana (I’m Glad There Is You); 7 Amor Em Paz; 8 So Tinha De Ser com Voce 9 Passarim 10 Moon And Sand; 11 Estate;
12 Crystal Silence 13 Vivo Sonhando

The CD is released this coming Friday, April 27.
Ann Alex

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