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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.

Friday, February 01, 2013

CD Review: Lisa Forkish - Bridges.

Lisa Forkish – vocals; Patrick Anseth – guitar; Paul Eastburn – bass; Carrie Jahde – drums; Cava Menzies – piano; Jon Schroder – cello; Aaron Saul – alto sax; Sarah Vela – backing vocals.
(Review by Debra).
Lisa Forkish is a young American vocalist based in Oakland, California. In her second album, Bridges, she has written and arranged 8 of the 12 tracks, largely exploring the theme of love, won and lost. ‘Unravelling’, a slow ballad, is the outstanding song, with a slow, soulful, heartfelt delivery, overlaid with delicate harmonies, and supported by sympathetic backing from guitar, double bass and drums. 
In songs such as ‘Cold Light of Day’ and ‘City of Bridges’ there is a Folk/Country feel, which becomes Rock-ier in the cover of Stephen Still’s ‘For What It’s Worth’. Forkish’s social conscience is evident  in ‘Solidarity’ (runner-up in Berklee’s Songwriting For Social Change contest – how American is that?), a well arranged song with an anthemic quality, which ends with a choral acapella.
The jazziest number is the self-penned ‘Fools in Love’, with slapping brushes and walking double bass, where Forkish relaxes with a bluesy vocal and some stylish scatting. However, in ‘No More Blues’  the seductive Latin lilt of Jobim is sacrificed for an almost marching style staccato rhythm, and the chance to swing is overlooked in ‘I Could Have Danced All Night’, although the rhythmic arrangement provides the backdrop for some tasty solos and interchanges from drums, bass guitar and sax. The repertoire in this album certainly bridges a number of musical styles, and showcases Forkish’s voice and her ability to compose and arrange, but I’m not convinced that this sister can swing; her future success probably lies somewhere along the route taken by Karen Carpenter and KD Lang..
Debra.

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