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Bebop Spoken There

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14454 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 732 of them this year alone and, so far, 30 this month (August 11).

From This Moment On ...

August

Thu 11: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 11: Baghdaddies @ Cumberland Arms, Newcastle. Time TBC.
Thu 11: Indigo Jazz Voices: Little Big Band Special @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm. POSTPONED!
Thu 11: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. Guests Donna Hewitt (sax) Josh Bentham (sax) Garry Hadfield (keys).

Fri 12: Ben Gilbert Trio @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm.
Fri 12: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 12: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 12: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Sun 14: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 14: Tees Valley Jazzmen @ Hammer & Pincers, Preston le Skerne. 1:00pm.
Sun 14: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ West Park, South Shields. 2:00pm.
Sun 14: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 14: Anth Purdy @ Blues & Bourbon, Newcastle. 4:00pm. Free.
Sun 14: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Sun 14: Sunday Night Am Jam Special @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Note start time.

Mon 15: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 15: Stu Collingwood Organ Trio @ Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Wed 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 17: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 17: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 17: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

CD Review: Wilford Brimley with the Jeff Hamilton Trio.

Wilford Brimley (vcl); Tamir Hendelman (pno); Christoph Luty (bs); Jeff Hamilton (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Brimley is a 78 year old American actor who's appeared in film and on tv. Films include Cocoon, The Firm and Absence of Malice whilst his television  gigs were in The Waltons, Seinfield and Our House. He's also been a ranch hand, a horse wrangler, a blacksmith a stuntman and now - he's a singer! A veritable jack of all trades.
Does he cut it as a singer? well, mainly yes and ever so slightly no! Yes, he's in tune, can pitch an interval, and has a rich timbre to his voice that is not unappealing but the delivery is almost  that of an actor talking rhythmically. He doesn't quite swing, unlike the magnificent trio who have swing to spare, and yet it's a disc that grows on you with repeated listening.
The material is the choicest of the choice - I Wish You Love; I've Grown Accustomed to her Face; Pick Yourself Up; Waltz For Debby; That Sunday, That Summer; This Love of Mine; Nice Work if You Can Get it, A Sleepin' Bee and Bidin' my Time are but a few of the songs that, despite my reservations, make this a very listenable album. On piano, Hendelman is the perfect accompanist and swings like crazy - aided and abetted by Hamilton and Luty.- on his solos.
Summing up, it's well worth checking out for the swinging trio, the songs and their unique interpretation. In many ways Brimley could be an actor turned jazz singer who passed through Nashville en route.
And you know what? Doggone it, I like it!
Wilford Brimley with the Jeff Hamilton Trio is currently available on Capri Records 7402-2.
Lance.

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