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Lou Donaldson: "(On Art Blakey) Everything changed. Especially when the women came in, sat down in the front row, and raised their skirts above their knees. Then the drums got louder, the tempos got faster, and every tune was a drum solo" - (JazzTimes, November 2019.)

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Today Saturday December 14

Afternoon

Jazz

Anth Purdy - Isabella Community Centre, Ogle Drive, Blyth NE24 5JF. Tel: 01670 543773. 11:00am-1:00pm. Free. Christmas Fair.

Jazz Attack - Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 3:30pm. Free (concourse). Young Musicians Live! YMP Winter Festival.

Jambone - Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 4:00pm. Free but ticketed (Sage Two). Young Musicians Live! YMP Winter Festival.

Evening

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regents Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 284 3700. 8:00pm. £12.00. + bf. Second night of two.

Sold Out!

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Blues/Funk/Soul

Loft Boys - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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Saturday, September 08, 2012

CD Review: Allison Neale - Melody Express.

Allison Neale (alt/fl); Dave Cliff (gtr); Simon Thorpe (bs); Matt Skelton (dms).
Hardly a hot off the presses CD - it was recorded 10 years ago and released in 2004. For all I know it's a collectors item now. If it is, then start searching because this is one of the most delightful discs I've heard in years.

I heard Allison and Dave Cliff at Scarborough a couple of years ago and I was impressed then. A couple of weeks back I heard the lady with Scott Hamilton at Pizza Express then, lo and behold, last night at Blaydon, Roly said "You may want to borrow this!" - Her first CD.
What a lovely disc! A gorgeous choice of tunes inc. Nancy (With the Laughing Face), Stardust, Imagination, How About You, A Portrait of Jenny,, I'll Never Smile Again...
A beautiful alto sound - light and fluffy like candy floss but with much more substance than candy floss. Art Pepper, Paul Desmond, early Lee Konitz hover around the edges of her playing which floats like a musical butterfly before landing on a flower next to your heart.
And as if that wasn't enough you have Dave Cliff (ah that explains the Roly connection!) complementing her perfectly - the pair are like Jim Hall and Paul Desmond - so compatible. Needless to say, bass and drums round it off perfectly.
 I might, in retrospect, make this my record of the year 2004!
Lance.
PS: Roly, you've got a fight on your hands to get this one back! (only joking I'll have it back to you by Xmas 2015.)

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Nice review Lance. Agree every word - spot on!Roly