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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 December 14

Afternoon

Interim Recitals (Final Year Music Students) - Recital Room, Armstrong Building, Newcastle University NE1 7RU. Inc. Ben Richardson (jazz piano) 10:00am.

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

Evening

Christmas Swing w Danny Reed - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. 7:00pm. £18.95.

Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.

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

Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter’s Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. Tel: 0191 488 8068. 8:30pm. Free.

Tees Hot Club w. guests - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

Durham University Big Band - Riverside Bar, Dunelm House, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3AN. 8:30pm (doors 8:00pm). Free admission. The band’s ‘Jazzy Christmas 5’.

WCEA Big Band - Whitburn Church of England Academy, Whitburn SR6 7EF. Tel: 0191 529 3712. 7:00-9:30pm. £4.00. (£10.00. family of three). Tickets must be purchased in advance by December 8th. ‘Christmas Swing-a-long’ to include school choir. Whitburn Academy competes regularly at the annual Great North Big Band Jazz Festival.

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

Saturday, July 09, 2016

CD Review: Os Clavelitos (Little Carnations) - Arriving

(Review by Ann Alex)
Are you thinking of opening a Spanish restaurant, or maybe having a party? Then this CD would be just right as lively atmospheric background music, then when the guests have gone, you could enjoy listening to it properly, to appreciate the fine singing of Ms Honda, the rich solos from flute and tenor sax, and the Latin rhythms produced by light drums, bongos, bells and the occasional whistle.  Even the sad love songs sound almost happy to the Brazilian grooves of samba, baiao, frevo, bossa, or even bolero and cha-cha.
This is the debut album from Os Clavelitos, a New York City based band, whose members hail from Brazil, Japan and the USA. The aim was to set English lyrics to traditional Brazilian rhythms and to include some folkloric elements.  All the songs are original, with lyrics and tunes composed by Lanni, Kendall and Honda. The lyrics concern romance, loss, nostalgia and a hint of whimsy.  I was struck by the fascinating difference of these lyrics from the swinging songs of the Gasbook.  The latter tend to be witty and concise, whereas these songs are obviously from a different tradition, being wandering narrative tales with many references to the natural world.
I simply relaxed and enjoyed the rhythm based sounds, especially Sands Of Memories, a song of lost love with a gorgeous flute solo; an amusing track called Tom Cruise Samba, in which Tom Cruise is over-praised, a piss-take about celebrity, ending with the words ‘you complete me! Tom Cruise! Jump on my couch Tom Cruise’; and Frost, a slower number with lots of cold images and a shimmering, shivering flute solo.  Other titles are Eunice; Arriving; Profondo Blu; Dewberry; Unrest of Mind; Fiumerapido; and Afrose.
The only downside to the CD concerns the book of lyrics provided, which is in such small print that I had to use a magnifying glass as well as my reading specs to decipher the words of the songs.
Arriving was self-released on June 24 and is available, I'm told, at all fine retailers.  Get a flavour of the music by visiting www.osclavelitos.com
Ann Alex     
Chieko Honda (vocals); Anthony Lanni (guitar, backing vocals); Dan Kendall (bass, cavaquinho, accordion, backing vocals); Livio Almeida (ten/sop saxes, flute); Uka Gameiro (drums, perc);
Arei Sekiguchi (perc), special guests Patrick Lo Re and Tosh Sheridan (backing vocals)

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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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