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Thursday, March 05, 2009

Ruth Lambert & Friends at Ashington Jazz Club. Report by John Taylor.

Last night, Ruth Lambert introduced her friends to us. A guitarist from Dublin (Mark Williams), a tenor/soprano player from Glasgow (Graeme Wilson), a bass player from Birmingham (?) and a young lass from Cullercoats (Ruth) who combined to bring some quality jazz to the Elephant.
These days, so many bands bring PAs that need constant adjustment and crackle and pop as if they were made by Kelloggs! Not so last night, each performer had their own set up, except for Graeme on sax who played acoustically. Overall, the sound quality and balance was incredibly good and the band gave a faultless performance covering every era of the Great American songbook.
They were much appreciated by a very attentive audience of 60 silver surfers including one or two rockers (minus the Newcastle United season ticket holders of course!!)
Ruth's forthcoming CD was reviewed in these pages and subsequently mentioned in Paul Breams listings -"Early arrivals at the recent Steve Grossman gig were treated to a first public airing of Ruth Lambert’s new CD, which had been mastered just hours earlier – and it’s an absolute triumph. One national music journalist who was present could hardly believe that there was a singer of such quality right on our doorstep, and that he had never heard her before. Ashington Jazz Club members are, of course, better informed, and will know that in Ruth we have an artist working very much in the classic jazz vocal tradition, but investing it with a depth of understanding and interpretation that is a match for any of the highly hyped national stars."
The next Ashington Jazz Club session at The Elephant takes place on 1st of April and features the Vieux Carre Jazzmen - the first band to bring New Orleans Revival Jazz to Ashington on 5th June 1956.
John

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