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13,508 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 926 of them this year alone and, so far, 90 this month (July 27).

From This Moment On

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone North Tyneside. 1:00pm.

Thu 29: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.

Sat 31: Lindsay Hannon @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Lindsay previews new, original material.

Sat 31: jakTar + Johnny Richards @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 8:00pm. JNE promotion.

August

Sun 01: Vieux Carre Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sun 01: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Leeds College of Music graduate guitarist (Masters, Jazz Performance & Composition).

Friday, May 09, 2014

CD Review and Launch.The Lindsay Hannon Plus - The Spy". Lit and Phil. May 8.















Lindsay Hannon (vocal); James Harrison (piano); John Pope (bass); Tom Chapman (drums).
(Review by Lance/Photos by Ken Drew/CD artwork by Jim Sebright).
The Lit and Phil was buzzing, an air of anticipation hung in the air, as the audience assembled for this JNE assisted launch of The Lindsay Hannon Plus' CD The Spy. Many of us had been present for the live recording done late last year at the Bridge Hotel so we had a fair idea of what to expect and we got it - did we not!
A laid back double bass introduction interspersed with delicate  piano punctuations and tinkling cymbals led eerily, intriguingly, to Lindsay's smoky voiced take on the album's title track - The Spy. The Doors' classic has all the elements of a novel by Ian Fleming or John le Carré. The build up to the emotional, even violent vocal heights and the gradual release of tension.
Nature Boy, given an up tempo Latin groove sees the whole band digging deep behind Lindsay's lusty vocal. James Harrison clearly relishing the opportunity to stretch out on the Lit and Phil's grand piano. An amazing young talent capable of meeting any challenge head on. John Pope - Premier League bassist - and Tom Chapman, a volcano fermenting, ready to erupt.
Heather Forever - written by Liz Corney (pianist with Iceni, another of  Lindsay's bands) - Joni Mitchell's Hissing of the Summer Lawns; standards such as Love me or Leave me and The End of a Love Affair just some of the gems heard at the concert and on the CD. Others include the enigmatic Old Fashioned Hat - a sultry and sophisticated vocal - Diamonds (Everybody Knows); Wish; So Long, Big Time and Her Eyes are Underneath the Ground
As well as being a performing artist, Lindsay Hannon is also jazz vocal tutor at Sage Gateshead. Going by tonight's gig or listening to the well produced CD her students couldn't be in better hands.
Lance.
PS: Also sung (not on album) A Foggy Day; What a Little Moonlight Can Do.
Lindsay Hannon Plus - The Spy is available at gigs or by visiting http://www.lhplus.co.uk/

1 comment :

Russell said...

Good to see so many people there. Fantastic piano playing by James Harrison.

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