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Bebop Spoken There

Piers Paul Read: "Bruce Reynolds and Biggs shared an interest in Sex, Jazz and Hemingway." - (The Train Robbers by Piers Paul Read, Coronet Books 1979.)

George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Today Thursday July 19

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free.

Alexys de Alfaro: Guitar Dreams with Coco Vega - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. Doors 7:00pm. A ‘jar on the bar’ gig. Guitar & percussion.

Alter Ego - St James’ & St Basil’s Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £10.00.

Jesse Bannister Quartet - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). JNE.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Jubilee Park, Spennymoor DL16. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Donna Hewitt (alto); Josh Bentham (tenor); Dave Archbaid (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

Jazz Jam - Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 8pm. Free.

Billy's Buskers: Plug in and Play - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 7:00pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

CD Review: Rebecca Kilgore Trio - Just Imagine.

Rebecca Kilgore (vcl/gtr); Dan Barrett (tmb/pno); Paolo Alderighi (pno).
(Review by Lance).
This is just about as close to perfection as you can get, that is, if your tastes run to exquisite vocals, smooth trombone work (rather like what Big T would have sounded like if he'd been still with us), mid period piano playing and a choice of unhackneyed material (Cry Me a River the exception but even that sounds as fresh as the first time around). In short, a 5 star album if ever there was!
Barrett has that beautiful sound so beloved of such musical sliders as Urbie Green, Carl Fontana and, of course, the aforementioned Teagarden absolutely and totally lyrical - albeit with some Tricky Sam plunger work and a bit of Vic Dickenson along the way.
Alderighi, a young Italian who Kilgore met on a jazz cruise, is so harmonically sound you wonder how anyone could select alternative chords! I think Joe Bushkin, who wrote the opening track, would have approved - there's also a little bit of Garner around the edges.
And Rebecca, a voice as cool and as welcome as a Pimm's No. 1 when basking in the shade on a warm day. The timbre of the voice, the pitching and the way she handles a lyric bears comparision with any of her contemporaries. 
Oh Look at me Now; Daddy Won't you Please Come Home; Just a Little Bit South of North Carolina; Song of the Blues; Seventh Avenue; Just Imagine; Lucky Day; Almost in Your Arms; I'm in a Low Down Groove; I'm Rhythm Crazy Now; Three Coins in the Fountain (piano solo); Cry Me a River; Serenade to Sweden (instrumental); Soft Winds; Misery and the Blues (two pianos).  At least half of the tunes were new to me - but not for long. By the time I've worn this disc out I'll know them better than Stardust!
Michael Steinman of Jazz Lives, who wrote the notes summed it up...
"These sessions produced lasting music, the rare kind that emerges from a devotion to the art. What a gift to us all!"
Amen!
Lance.
Available on Blue Swing Records BSR014.

2 comments :

Roly said...

I'll be buying this CD. Rebecca Kilgore has made some of my favourite CDs in my collection - those ones you play over and over and never get tired of. 'Remembering Maxine' (Sullivan) for example, with the absolutely delightful Bobby Gordon Trio or 'I saw stars' with Dan Barrett's Celestial Six (with wonderful rhythm guitar from Bucky Pizzarelli. She is a truly great interpreter of the repertoire we all love - one of the best of all time I think. Pianist Paolo is here with NCRO at Caedmon Hall shortly. Roly

Lance said...

Well spotted re Paolo - see left hand column - July 26.

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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.
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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.)
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