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Bebop Spoken There

Danny Gatton: "I was tired of playing in beer joints. I wanted to do something tangible like building cars. But once you do music it gets into your blood. You can get away from it for awhile but sooner or later it comes back to you." - (Down Beat April 1991).

Tal Farlow: "There were times when I would stop [playing guitar] and do sign painting." - (Downbeat December 5, 1963)

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Today Sunday August 20

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free. Summer Break. Back Sept. 3
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Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.
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Evening
Chris Martin - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Paul Edis Trio - Black Bull, Bridge St. Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8pm. £5.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

CD Review: Mary Foster Conklin - Photographs

Mary Foster Conklin (vocals); John DiMartino (piano); Ed Howard (bass); Shinnosuke Takahashi (drums); Joel Frahm (sop and ten sax); Warren Vache (cornet); Paul Meyers (guitar); Nanny Assis (percussion); Houston Person (ten sax on For No One)
(Review by Ann Alex)
New Jersey native Mary Foster Conklin has appeared in theatres, jazz clubs and cabarets in the New York area and throughout the USA and Canada. Photographs, her fourth CD, is the culmination of more than 30 years of performing.  Each tune is said to be a musical snapshot of where she is as an artist today. The tunes include 5 songs from the legendary Fran Landesman, with their slightly bitter yet tender lyrics and lesser performed songs such as Autumn Serenade.
The voice is a rich alto and the instrumentalists are on top form, especially the bass, yet I was a bit disappointed with the CD as a whole.  I felt that the cabaret style of singing was rather too prominent on some tracks, which left an overall impression of the songs being too ‘worked’, and in fact sounding like hard work.  I much preferred the faster numbers such as the Latin influenced Cinnamon and Clove, which zings along easily with lively contributions from the percussion, or Landesman’s Nothing Like You, with its effective tenor solo, and the advice for living in the lyrics of Long As You’re Living.
The other Fran Lindesman tracks, which may have been more suited to a cabaret bar, were: Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most; Small day Tomorrow: Photographs; and The Winds Of Heaven
It was good to hear an honest to goodness standard in the shape of Moonglow;  the more unusual material included Night in the City (Joni Mitchell); Key Largo; For No One (Lennon/McCartney) and Nightsong.  
The CD was released on February 2, 2016 on Mock Turtle Music, catalogue # MT00221.
Ann Alex.

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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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