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Buddy Guy: "My mother said, 'You got flowers for me, give 'em to me now, because I'm not going to smell them when you put 'em on the casket'." - (DownBeat September 2018).

Marty Ashby: "I asked him what his gig was and he said 'I put the scores on the music stands'. I said, 'That's a gig?' And I realised there were four floors of guys like him, who supported some of the finest musicians in the world. But I was a jazz musician, and I was used to playing with some of the finest musicians in the world in front of the New York Public Library for tips. That's when I realised that jazz didn't have the same support system as classical music. - (DownBeat September 2018).

Today Friday August 17

Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Gerry Richardson Trio - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Evening

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

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

Bop 3 - St John’s Hall, Snod’s Edge, Shotley Bridge DH8 9TJ. 7:30pm. £15.00. Tickets from 07766 037893. Second night of two – SOLD OUT. Trio - Snake Davis, Helen Watson & Dave Bowie.

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

Friday, May 04, 2018

CD Review: Joanne Tatham - The Rings of Saturn

Joanne Tatham (vocals); Max Haymer (piano); Lyman Medeiros (bass); Dan Schnelle (drums); Kevin Winard (perc); Marcel Camargo (guitar - 3 tks); Larry Koonse (guitar - 1 tk); Brian Swartz (trumpet); Bob Sheppard (sax).
(Review by Lance)
The second album I've reviewed by Joanne and this one (her fourth) is as good as if not better. As is the wont these days, the fayre comprises a mix of standards and lesser-known songs often from more contemporary sources. Particularly impressive is Summer in New York written by, perhaps, the most charismatic singer/composer outside of Tom Waits - Michael Franks. Lots of mood changes and a Larry Koonse guitar solo to create the feeling that it is summer and you are in New York (ah, if only...) 
Mark Winkler's Catch me if you Can highlights Haymer's piano – the ideal contrast to Tatham's flighty vocal. I certainly would have loved to have caught her! Phoebe Snow's Poetry Man, Bill Gable's Rings of Saturn and Todd Rundgren's Can We Still Be Friends? show that jazz singing doesn't have to depend on the good old GASbook although Love me or Leave me and It Could Happen to You which open and close the album are the perfect bookends.
Few vocal albums escape an Antonio Carlos Jobim composition and I'm pleased to say that we have two here and that Tatham does them both justice - If You Never Come to me and Jazz 'n' Samba are the selections. For some unexplainable reason, the works of Stephen Sondheim are rarely part of the jazz canon which is a shame, listen to Tatham sing Anyone Can Whistle and you'll know what I mean. 
Nice to be Around by John and Paul Williams is another that hasn't been overworked. Swartz's trumpet adding to the emotive vocal. The two horns aren't heavily featured but when they are they add immeasurable colour and the rhythm section swings like crazy, to use a phrase from my dated vocabulary.
Lance

1 comment :

Liz said...

Good to see my hero, S.S. included

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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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