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Bebop Spoken There

Peter Woodford: "I noticed when I went to hear some jazz in a little pub on the outskirts of London the people were really listening. I'm used to guys in bars only interested in making out with their girl friends. Here the idea seems to be to take a girl, enjoy the music, and make out later." - (Crescendo September 1972).
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Today Wednesday February 19

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Zoë Gilby & Mark Williams - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 1:00pm. £3.00. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

After Hours #4: Stéphane Grappelli - Cafédral Durham, Owengate, Durham DH1 3HB. 7:30pm. £5.00. (concs. available). Sonia Rae (violin); Tom Burgess (guitar); Jack Theaker (guitar); Angus Shennan (keyboards); David Byfield (drums) + Clara Falkowska (flugelhorn, violin). ‘The life and work of Stéphane Grappelli’. Durham University Jazz Society event.

Blues/Soul/Funk etc.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Sunday, July 01, 2012

CD Review: Idle Words - You Are The Song

Tom Medhurst (gtr); Jennifer Klepfer (vcls); Mark Filby Smith (pno)..
I reviewed this Berkshire based duo's first CD a couple of years back and found it very pleasant easy listening. It's still easy on the ear but, possibly because these tracks are all original compositions, the jazz content seems to have increased which is no bad thing.
Jennifer's voice appears to have moved away from Madeleine Peyroux and now is much warmer with shades of Stacey Kent's studio recordings. I don't know why it is but, to my ears, Stacey Kent never sounds as good live as she does on disc - maybe Jennifer is Stacey's studio alter ego!
Joking apart (am I joking?) Idle words is one of the very few jazz(ish) duos I've heard who could successfully sing/play a set of original songs to a non jazz audience!
It's cool and sophisticated yet easily accessible. The lyrics are great (Fedora rhymed with I adore ya - trombones with hormones) these are jazz lyrics worthy of becoming standards.
The actual music too is catchy and played effectively by Tom. I seem to think I heard a few bars of piano here and there - Mark Filby Smith doing the honours I'm told - and You Are The Song had some light to medium metal thrashing.
They call their music Pop Deco which suits the pre-war feel to the present times.
For more info check out - the Idle Words website.
Lance.

1 comment :

Tom Medhurst said...

Thanks for the review Lance, glad you liked the album! -Tom