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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Jazz Coop At The Globe: Folk Meets Jazz: Saturday Nov 22

Landermason : Fiona Lander ( vocals, keys, saxes, clarinet, whistles, even a shakey egg);
Paul Mason (vocals, guitar).
(Review by Ann Alex).
This event was something of an adventurous experiment to combine jazz with folk music, and it worked folks!  A double header with Landermason playing the first set, with their blend of traditional and contemporary folk, jazz, and other styles, such as a touch of ska on the guitar.  
Fiona grew up listening to classical music and jazz whilst Paul hails from the glam rock bands of the 1980’s.  The duo gave a hugely enjoyable set to a sizeable and appreciative audience.  
When The Boat Comes In had a skilled jazzy piano and a folksy ending – sounds odd in writing but it works well musically.  Then came Take Five on guitar and whistle; a local song The Shoemaker, followed by Words Unsaid, with good jazz piano and a clarinet solo in true jazz tradition.  Other numbers included In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning; Working Man Blues (Paul took the vocals, accompanied by clarinet and shakey egg); a Fiona original, The Mirror, a bebop style song with a bit of scat; a haunting song, Somalia.  And all most splendidly rounded off with a fast folksy instrumental, The Bellingham Stomp.  The band hails from Bellingham, so go there to see more of them. 
Andy May and Ian Stephenson: Andy May (keys, Northumbrian pipes); Ian Stephenson (guitar, double bass, melodeon).
These two are usually seen as a part of larger bands but they’ve been playing on and off as a duo for a number of years.  They too did a very enjoyable set with both folk and jazz elements and their presentation was closer to the way that folk musicians perform in folk clubs, with quite a bit of friendly self-deprecating chat.  The tunes (no singing) were played in pairs. They included; a lively Swedish tune; an original by Andy; then Arathusa on pipes and guitar, which is a version of a morris dance tune; Trip To Scarborough; Helsinki, with Ian on a very pleasing melodeon; straight folk tunes such as Kissed her Under The Coverlet (yes, the title is meant to be rude); and Show Us The Way To Wallington, the last 2 both in 9/8 time. The double bass and sometimes the guitar added a jazz feel to the folk, and Andy plays a mean jazz piano with a cool jazz feel, as shown on tunes such as Coming Home. These two are both highly skilled musicians and I think they could well extend the jazz element further.  And to anyone who hasn’t heard the wonderful tender sound of Northumbrian pipes - nothing like Scottish bagpipes – hear them soon.
To round off a great night, both bands joined up to play a rousing Stranger On The Shore.
The jazz coop is hoping to organise monthly Jazz/folk events, not necessarily gigs as such, but maybe some kind of jam.  Ideas please, from readers of BSH.
Ann Alex

2 comments :

Debra M on f/b. said...

Great review Ann.

Lance said...

Mention of the pipes reminds me of the story about two Scotsmen playing the Highland Pipes. Midway through, one of them put down his pipes and picked up a set of Northumbrian Pipes much to the annoyance of the other piper who said "Will ye stop your Tickelling Jock?"

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