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Afternoon

Jazz

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Tenement Jazz Band - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:30pm (doors). Free (donations).

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

CD Review: Kristine Mills - BOSSAtoo

Kristine Mills (vocals, guitar, percussion, songwriter); Klaus Mueller (keys, arrangements, production); Itaiguara Brandao (acoustic guitar, 5-string electric bass,); Portinho (drums);
Rafael Barata (percussion, tracks 1, 8, 11).
(Review by Ann Alex).
It must be Latin week at BSH – here is another CD of Latin jazz, mostly originals from the pen of Mills, except for Jobim’s Meditation, his Inutil Paisagem (If You Never Come to Me) and Sting’s its Probably Me.  Mills voice, a pleasant sweetish jaunty tone, is hard to describe but easy to listen to. 
The various Latin rhythms, such as variations on the Samba, are delightfully tricky and the solos are mostly on keys with a percussion background.  No particular lyrics stand out on these love songs but neither do any words jar the senses.  Journey Back Home, for instance, is a slowish love song with a light touch; Meditation, slow, quiet and heartfelt; Inutil Paisagem, effectively done with guitar accompaniment. The final track, Burden of Choice, has an effective sound of wood tapping percussion accompaniment that continues long after the singing has stopped - a real Latin feel. Other titles include Hold Fast; Breathe Your Kiss; Last First Glance.
Mills has surrounded herself with distinguished musicians: Mueller (Herbie Hancock); Brandao ( Sidney Opera House and other prestigious venues); Porthino (played with many jazz greats); and Barata began playing drums at the age of 5.  This is Mills sixth album.  A winner of various Houston Press Music Awards, she performs regularly in New York and throughout the US.
Kristine Mills – BOSSAtoo, available on the Inkwell Publishing label.
Ann Alex

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