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Today Tuesday November 12

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Free.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 1:15pm. Stanley Nelson's 2019 documentary film.

Evening

Jazz

Not Now Charlie - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

Blues

Sugaray Rayford - Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle NE1 2PQ. Tel 0191 230 4474. 8:00pm. £15.00.

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Tuesday, October 09, 2012

CD Review Jacqui Sutton, Notes From The Frontier, A Musical Journey


Jacqui Sutton (vocals, producer and musical director); Paul Chester (banjo, guitars); Anthony Sapp (basses); Ilya Janos (percussion); Eddie Lewis (trumpet, flugelhorn, piccolo trumpet); Henry Darragh (keyboards, trombone, melodeon); Lyndon Hughes (drums, background vocals); Cindy Scott (background vocals) Aralee Dorough (flute); Bob Chadwick (Irish flute).
(Review by Ann Alex).

How is a new musical genre created?  I guess it evolves gradually from the work of many musicians over a period of time.  Then there comes a day when they realise that they have something different from what has gone before, so it gets a label such as ‘bluegrass’ or, say, ‘western swing’.  I ask because this CD claims to be something new called ‘frontier jazz’, which is said to be a mixture of jazz, bluegrass, classical, musical theatre and folk music.  The mixture didn't work for me, but others may like it.  I heard too many disparate sounds, with vocals which didn't always match the meaning of the song lyrics.  This was a pity because Ms Sutton has a lovely voice, and the musicians are skilled with effective solos on some of the tracks.  It’s not really a jazz CD, but rather nearer to a country music feel.  The songs themselves were well worth singing.
The more acceptable tracks were Dear Friend, a sad song from musical theatre about being stood up, with an ethereal effect from the synthesizer; Weary Angel, a jazzy spiritual with good banjo and trumpet work and all the musicians playing in a final jam; Hummingbird, which incorporates Brubeck's Blue Rondo a la Turk riff into the accompaniment is an interesting experiment that may or may not have come off; Blue Mountain, a straightforward country song;  and the final track, Better Than Anything, a witty song listing everything that is not better than falling in love, which included nifty jazz piano and guitar solos.  Many of the other eight tracks worked instrumentally but the singer sometimes lapsed into singing in a soprano voice which didn't, at least to my ears, sound quite right.
I believe the CD was released in early October in the United States, Catalogue number TBTP002.
Ann Alex.

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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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