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John Medeski: "Like Mingus or Ellington, he [John Zorn] pulls people out of their zones and encourages them to do more than they would do on their own." - (DownBeat, December 2018).

Today Tuesday November 20

Afternoon

Classic Swing - The Ship, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.

Evening

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Thursday, November 08, 2018

CD Review: Kandace Springs - Indigo.

(Review by Steve T).
Saw her at the London Jazz Festival a couple of years ago and no doubt some Bebop Spoken Here readers will have seen her support Gregory Porter at Sage Gateshead the time before last. 
She's great: charismatic, beautiful (her band-mates are handsome), good singer, good pianist, and her debut was solid, with a fine original in Novocaine Heart and a strong version of the War classic The World is a Ghetto, (though it isn't as good as either of their versions or Benson's definitive take on it), so her follow-up is a big disappointment.

The opening track is called Don't Need the Real Thing, but I think she'll find she does. The song sounds like Michael Jackson, while the next track - Breakdown - sounds like it should be by Adele, and another - Love Sucks - is a ringer for Amy Winehouse. Furthermore, her cover of First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, while a highlight of her live set, brings nothing to the classic Roberta Flack take.

Had it not featured a version of People Make the World go Round, it would have likely languished in my basket until her next northeast visit, but this isn't as good as Angela Bofill's Latin/jazz version of the late seventies or even the Stylistics' original.
Pieces of Me offers the only sign of redemption but it is hardly remarkable.

A female singer on Blue Note with an ear for soul should be a given for me, so I'm hoping this can be put down to the difficult second album and hope she realises it does need to be the real thing in time for her third.  
Steve T.

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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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