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Saturday 15: Anth Purdy - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. Free (donations). Purdy’s solo ‘Swing Jazz Guitar’ show. Limited capacity.

Thursday 20: Vieux Carre Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone, North Tyneside NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, 27 Sunniside Rd., Gateshead NE16 5NA. 8:30pm. Free.

Friday 21: Lindsay Hannon - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9:00pm. Free (donations). Limited capacity.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

CD Review: Kelley Suttenfield and Tony Romano - Among The Stars

Kelley Suttenfield (vocals); Tony Romano (guitar)
(Review by Ann Alex).
This is Kelley Suttenfield’s second CD.  She has performed in the USA and Europe, and her guitarist is a musician and educator with 20 years experience.  On this enjoyable CD they give us 5 jazz standards, plus songs by Neil Young (Harvest Moon); KD Lang (Wash Me Clean); Carol King (One Fine Day); Buffy Sainte-Marie (Until It’s Time For You To Go); and Bob Dylan’s I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight.  
This is a very varied, pleasing selection, sung with a sweet and sometimes breathy voice, accompanied by sensitive, responsive guitar. The stated intention on this disc was to present the songs in a stripped-down and intimate format which has been done successfully, but I would have liked some tracks to be a bit punchier with a bit more swing, to provide greater variety. However generally the CD makes for good listening.
The opener is Fly Me To The Moon with a bell-like guitar and a gentle vocals, which makes a change from the usually brisk way this song is performed.  Beautiful Love is livelier with a jazzy guitar solo and just the right amount of improvisation in the vocals.  Wash Me Clean is almost hymn-like, which suits the words, but One Fine Day is a track which would have benefited from a livelier interpretation.  On the other hand Until It’s Time For You To Go is well suited to the intimate style of presentation.  The disc also includes Just Say I Love Him; Try Your Wings and People Will Say We’re In Love, 10 tracks in all, with lots of space for guitar solos from a jazz guitarist who knows his stuff.
Kelley Suttenfield and Tony Romano - Among The Stars is to be released on September 30.  See www.kelleysuttenfield.com
Ann Alex.

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