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Today Thursday April 25

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - The Merry Monk, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 12:30pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Eliot Smith Dance: Triple Bill - Newbiggin Maritime Centre, Church Point, Newbiggin by the Sea NE64 6DB. Tel: 01670 811951. 7:30pm. £14.00. (£12.00. concs., £30.00. family). Performance inc Poppy (music composed by Jason Holcomb).

Julija Jaceniate Trio Black Swan, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 8:00pm. £6.00. (£5.00. concs). Jacenaite (vocals), Steve Glendinning (guitar), Paul Grainger (double bass).

Paul Skerritt Band - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. Tel: 01325 468411. 8:00pm. Free.

Paul Donnelly Quartet - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free. Tees Hot Club: Dormans Jazz Festival.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

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

Sunday, July 15, 2018

CD Review: Kate Reid - The Heart Already Knows

Kate Reid (vocals, most arrangements); Paul Meyers (guitar 1, 7); Larry Koonse (it’s that man again! Guitar 2,4); Fred Hersch (piano 3,9,11); Romero Lubambo (guitar 5, 10); Taylor Eigsti (piano 6,8); Peter Eldridge (producer)
(Review by Ann Alex).
Chances are that you’ve heard the pleasing, sultry voice of Ms Reid before, on films such as Star Trek into Darkness and Men in Black III. She hails from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, plays piano (though not on this CD) and is a very accomplished lady with a Doctorate of Music Arts from the University of Miami. Our singer has appeared with her quartet in the Los Angeles area, and worked with many great jazz musicians, not least the stellar selection on this album, which is her third CD. The tunes are a well thought out mixture of jazz standards, modern jazz, and pop tunes, some of which were new to me. All tracks are duos, giving a different take on many of the songs, which, listed by track, are:
1/ Something to Live For.  Ellington/Strayhorn’s song of reflection, with clever comments from Meyers’ guitar, between the lyrical lines.
2/ I’m Confessin’.  The guitar, Koonse this time, improvises on the tune throughout as the singer cleverly weaves her way through the tune, ending with some gentle scat.
3/ No More.  A moody ballad with passionate piano from Fred Hersch.  A favourite song of Billie Holiday’s. The lyrics say that the singer won’t miss the lost lover, but the mood belies the words.
4/ Two Grey Rooms.  A Joni Mitchell song with powerful images of longing and loneliness.
5/ Endless Stars.  Lyrics by Norma Winstone. The guitar (Lubambo) plays a fast Latin rhythm to a slow, sad love song, with lots of nature images.
6/ Busy Being Blue.  A slow ballad about what to do to get over being blue, which is lyrically amusing.
7/ I’m Just a Lucky So and So.  Another Ellington song, this time with lyrics by Mack David. It’s a fast swinger, including the verse, with clever guitar (Meyers’ turn), solos.
8/ Secret Of Life.  A James Taylor song, a wonderfully optimistic bit of philosophy, (‘try not to try too hard’) with effective piano jazz accompaniment by Eigsti.
9/ If I Should Lose You. A fast swinging number, with scat, yet it somehow manages to convey the sadness of the lyrics, proving that you don’t have to do a sad song slowly.
10/ Minds Of Their Own.  Lyrics by Peter Eldridge. Another rather philosophical song.
11/ Lazin’ Around. An excellent way to end a worthwhile compilation. Relaxed, swinging piano from Hersch and a singer who encourages us to laze in the sun, then go back home to laze some more. Ms Reid must have known about the last week’s weather!
The CD is available from July 20 2018 at Amazon and iTunes.
Ann Alex      



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