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Orrin Evans: “I’d like to see a younger audience and an audience that looks more like me at the clubs.” – (Down Beat November 2014).

Kevin Flanagan: "Besides, I'd got sick of playing jazz to people who looked like my father." - (Straight No Chaser Issue 0ne Summer 1988.)

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Today Wednesday August 16

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Tynemouth Metro Station, Station Tce., Tynemouth NE30 4RE. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
New Orleans Jazz at the Village Hall - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.
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Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).
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Tees Hot Club - Cleveland Bay, 718 Yarm Rd., Eaglescliffe TS16 0JE. 9pm. Free.
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Friday, April 08, 2016

CD Review: Daria - Strawberry Fields Forever, Songs by the Beatles.

Daria (vcl) - See image for personnel and track list.
(Review by Lance).
Am I the only person who prefers many of the Beatles' songs when they're performed by someone else? I gave Kenny Ball's version of When I'm 64 the nod over the original and I like Daria's version even more than that although the gender reversal implied by the lyric does feel strange to an old chauvinist like me!
When I get older losing my hair, or You can knit a sweater sitting by the fire or Doing the garden, digging the weeds etc... I personally wouldn't want to be married to a 64-year-old bald woman who was doing the garden whilst I was knitting a sweater! That aside, this is as good a jazzy/Latin interpretation of the Fab Fours' songbook as I've heard in a long while. Daria manages to retain the mood of the originals whilst, at the same time, injecting her own personality into the mix.
She's Going Home, inspired by She's Leaving Home is confusing - is she going home to mother or back home to husband? Whichever way, it hits an emotional spot.
Daria is a sensitive singer and she nails the content 100%. We all know and, no doubt liked Ella's version of Can't Buy Me Love but, at the end of the day, most of us recognised it as an attempt to connect to another generation. This version is different. It treats the song as one that is as meaningful as many of the GASbook classics.
And Daria does this throughout. It may not persuade you to ditch your Beatle albums but it should certainly persuade you to make space next to them and, perhaps, when you're 64, who knows which one you'll listen to?
Samples.
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. I've never really understood why people on a Jazz site would have Beatles albums ( except Revolver and solely for TNK ). Similarly, many think you should listen to Bob Dylan songs by other people but, Hendrix version of Watchtower - one of the best records either of them ever made - notwithstanding, I don't really know why anybody thinks you need to listen to Bob Dylan songs at all. Some half, maybe 3/4 decent albums, but he's almost as over-rated as John Lemon.

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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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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