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Bebop Spoken There

Oscar Peterson: "I find most pianists use too many notes in a chord. They double up an awful lot" - (Crescendo May 1963).

Benny Green (British): "...there was a whole race of men who used to stand in front of their bands, waving their arms, pretending to conduct ... Many of the bandleaders we had worked for had been either crooks or imposters ... " - (Crescendo March 1963).

Today Friday September 21

Afternoon

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

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

Ladies of Midnight Blue - Seven Stories, National Centre for Children's Books, Lime Street, Newcastle NE1 2PQ. Tel: 03000 3301095. 11:00am. £5.00.

Paul Edis - The Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192. 1:00pm. £5.00. Edis, solo piano.

Evening

Ronnie Scott's All Stars - Middlesbrough Theatre, The Avenue, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough TS5 6SA. Tel: 01642 815181. 8:00pm. £22.50.

Groove-a-matics - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

George Shovlin & the Radars + Broken Levee - The Peacock, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3ES. Tel: 0191 511 1451. 7:00pm. £10.00. (+ £1.00. b/f). New blues venue.

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

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

CD Review: Allegra Levy - Looking at the Moon

Allegra Levy (vocal); Carmen Staaf (piano); Alex Goodman (guitar); Tim Norton (bass).
(Review by Lance).
Not an original conception. Sinatra had the same idea with Moonlight Sinatra and Mel Tormé came up with Swingin' on the Moon. Sinatra and Tormé had 4 duplications, Levy and Tormé only 2 (Blue Moon and No Moon at All) and all of Sinatra and Levy's moons were in different orbits. Given that there are 35 tracks on all 3 albums the fact that there are so few repetitions is an indication of just how many moon songs there are out there and the tide has yet to be stemmed as Ms Levy's album includes items from Cat Stephens, Neil Young and Nick Drake along with the usual suspects.
This, the third album from the sultry-voiced singer is on a par with her two previous discs and, arguably, even better.

The voice is soft and sensuous - like Blossom Dearie without the 'cuteness'. The intonation is spot-on and the almost imperceptible vibrato when she sustains a note quite breathtaking if you'll pardon the pun! Levy can also scat with the best of them without sounding contrived which is no easy matter.
It's a gentle and quite exquisite album with appropriate accompaniment. Staaf, her long-time pianist, is to the manner born - he recently served as pianist at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance in L.A. Levy warmly acknowledges the 'big time' help the Institute gave to her 'space project'.
Because of the intimacy of the music, drums were out and the 'fluid lyricism' of guitarist Goodman and bassist Norton added. Norton also assisted with the arrangements.
Delightful!
Lance.
Moon River: I Got the Sun in the Morning (and the moon at night); Harvest Moon; Blue Moon; Moon Ray; Moonlight in Vermont; Moonshadow; Moonglow; Polka Dots and Moonbeams; No Moon at All; It's Only a Paper Moon; Pink Moon; I'll be Seeing You (included because of the last line - 'I'll be looking at the moon, but I'll be seeing you'.
Released June 16 on Steeplechase SCCD 31852.

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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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