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Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden - Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA. Tel: 0191 478 1810. Screenings at intervals during the day. part of Akomfrah's exhibition Ballasts of Memory. Exhibition (daily) July 6 - October 27. 10:00am-6:00pm. Free.

Today Tuesday July 23

Afternoon

Jazz

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden. See above.

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

Evening

Jazz

Jam Session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel. 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood; Paul Grainger; Matt MacKellar.

Archipelago & J Frisco + Mark Williams Trio - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 8:00pm. £9.90.

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Monday, November 11, 2013

CD Review: Zoe Gilby - Twelve Stories

Zoe Gilby (vcl); Andy Champion (bs); Mark Williams (gtr); Richard Brown (dms); Noel Dennis (tpt).
(Review by Lance).
I hope this review doesn't cause a divorce! With only a few weeks to go I had Andy Champion's ACV album Busk down as my UK Album of the Year now along comes Zoe (Mrs Champion) with Twelve Stories - a contender if ever there was one!
Solution - a vocal category and a small band one!
I've heard Zoe develop her technique over the years from her first album (this is her third), via advice from Sheila Jordan and much experience on the road and across continents, but, much as I love the other two, this one is on a totally higher plane.
The material, much of it consisting of originals by Zoe and Andy, is compelling both lyric and music-wise. This isn't just jazz, well it is but it's also jazz theatre at its best. I've heard the group do several of these songs live but never quite like this. Apart from the originals, It Never Entered my Mind is sung so piercingly poignant that the casual listener could be excused for thinking that this too was a Gilby/Champion composition.
Caravan is a swinger and I loved it yet I did feel that it didn't quite fit with the other tracks. However, out of context, it was still as good a vocal version as I've ever heard and Richard had a great work out..
Zoe's regular quartet are superb in support and solo - listen to Mark and Andy when they take off - but the addition of Noel Dennis on trumpet, to me, is the icing on the cake.
We're not just talking jazz singer/bassist here - we're also talking composer/lyricist - Roll over Beethoven, Tell Lennon and McCartney the News!
 Zoe Gilby - Twelve Stories is available on 33jazz236 from Dec. 1 or before.
Lance. 

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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Whilst we appreciate the many emails, texts, messages and other communications we receive requesting album/gig reviews on BSH, regrettably, we are unable to reply to all of them other than those we are able to answer with a positive response.
Similarly, CDs received by post will only be considered if accompanied by sufficient background material.
Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance