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Hugh Masekela: “I advise every kid to check out their past because without a past you are in limbo.” (Songlines December 2017)

Leo Richardson: “I think your image is really important. You look at those old Blue Note recordings and you look at the liner note, the booklet and they’re in the studio and they’re wearing shirt and ties. They used to wear suits all the time.” – (Jazzwise December 2017/January 2018)

Submissions for review

Whilst we appreciate the many emails, texts, messages and other communications we receive requesting album/gig reviews on BSH, regrettably, we are unable to reply to them all other than those we are able to answer with a positive response.
Similarly, CDs received by post will only be considered if accompanied by sufficient background material.
Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance

Today Saturday December 16

Afternoon

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Evening

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band -Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regent Farm Road, Gosforth NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 7:30pm. Second night of two.

An Evening of Swing & Sparkle - National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL. 7:00pm. Tel: 0191 515 5555 (booking essential). £35.00. Rat Pack act, four course meal.

No Time for Jive - The Tannery, Gilesgate, Hexham NE46 3QD. Tel: 01434 605537. 9:00pm. Free.

Lyndon Anderson Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Snow Ball - St Mary’s Heritage Centre, Oakwellgate, Gateshead NE8 2AU. Tel: 0191 433 4699. 7:00pm. £19.00. Strictly Speakeasy (swing band) & Lindy jazz dance.

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

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

CD Review: Deborah Shulman - My Heart's in the Wind

Deborah Shulman (vcl); Terry Trotter (pno); Larry Koonse (gtr); Ken Wild (bs); Joe La Barbera (dms).
(Review by Lance).
At first listening I dismissed this as boring perfection. After further listening, and washing my ears with Grandma's Lye Soap, I removed the adjective. This is as close to a perfect interpretation of choice, mainly contemporary, songbook items as you are likely to hear this week/month/year (delete as applicable). Emotive takes that bring out the lyricist's intent perhaps even more than the guy intended!
If you want a yardstick, think Shirley Horn. The same laid back approach that digs deep into the words. Horn was more an out and out jazz performer. Shulman dips her toe only slightly in the muddy water here (although on other discs such as her Bobby Troup tribute she leaves no doubts!) preferring instead to grace the material with her distinct approach - a sort of Broadway after Dark, maybe a late night club in the Village trying something a little different on a quiet night.
No shortage of jazz amongst the boys in the band. Trotter, Koonse, Wild and the legendary Joe La Barbera keep the pot simmering at just the right temperature.
Shining Sea; A Sleeping Bee; My Foolish Heart; Loving You (Sondheim); My One and Only Love; Never Never Land; Some Time Ago; This Hotel; You Are there; Where Do I Go From Here? and Tom Waits'  Shiver Me Timbers tells you what it's all about.
Originally recorded in 2007 it took some finagling to finally get it on the shelves and online but it's out there later this month (Jan. 12) on Summit Records.
Lance.

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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