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George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Today Thursday December 12

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 12:00pm. Free.

Note earlier time for this week only!

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Evening

Jazz

Hot Club du Nord - Lubetkin Theatre, East Durham College, Willerby Drive, Peterlee SR8 2RN. Tel: 0191 518 2000. 7:00pm. £10.00. (£5.00. under 18s). 'Jazz at the Lubetkin'.

Gala Big Band - Gala Theatre & Cinema, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 03000 266 600. 7:30pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). ‘Gala Big Band Does Christmas’.

Durham University Big Band - Dunelm House, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3AN. Tel: 0191 334 1777. Free. 7:30pm. ‘Jazzy Christmas’.

Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00. (£2.00. student).

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocals); Dave Stansfield (tenor sax); Ted Pearce (keys) - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

Blues/Soul/Funk/Etc.

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

Sunday, July 17, 2016

CD Review:Lauren Bush - All My Treasures.

Lauren Bush (vcl); Liam Dunachie (pno/arr); Andrew Robb (bs); David Ingamells (dms) + Brandon Allen (ten); Miguel Gorodi (tpt); Kieran McLeod (tmb); (Ian Shaw (producer & background vcl on 1 track).
(Review by Lance)
Lauren Bush, a new name to me, I guess she's a Home Counties girl. This debut album could change all that!
The title of the album, All My Treasures, encompasses 12 songs that have had an impact on her career. Let's take a look at them.
I've Got Just About Everything I Need: A Bob Dorough composition, arranged by Canadian bassist Don Thompson and Dunache, gets things moving. Imagine a combination of Blossom Dearie and Annie Ross and you're getting close. Track one and I can't wait to hear more!
I'm Old Fashioned: Bush refers to hearing the song in Toronto - is she Canadian?. Brandon Allen has a fine blast on tenor, Dunache takes it out with a kind of spinet-like stride and, in between, Lauren rephrases the tune.
Dindi: I have to confess this is one Jobim tune that doesn't register with me - having said that, this is probably the least worst version of this 'dingy' ballad. Apart from Bush's clever improvising, there's also some nice trombone from McLoud and I'm beginning to think it's not such a bad tune after all - although it would never make my top 12!
Secret Love: Another song I invariably view with suspicion and, on this occasion, totally unfounded!
Great scat chorus and more fine tenor from Allen along with some fours thrown in before Bush takes it out. Doris Day and Carmen McRae may have made it their own but Lauren lies comfortably in between
A You're Adorable: An unlikely vehicle! But it's fun and she doesn't try to make it something it isn't.
Brings back childhood memories for me too - but I shan't mention her name!
I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter: Knockout vocal, superb vocalese with the horns blending in with the vocal.
Detour Ahead: Once again the Bush voice and the Allen tenor to the fore.
Charade: Remember seeing the film centuries ago - Cary Grant & Audrey Hepburn. Not much of a film. Didn't think  much of the song either - until today! Superb arrangement brilliantly sung with outstanding trumpet.
Sweet Georgia Brown: We're on track 9 and I'm coming to the conclusion that Bush and the boys couldn't hit  a bum note if they were paid to! The quasi-dixie section gives it a quirky touch. Put Lauren into a tight black and white dress and a picture hat and she could just about shade Anita!
Doodlin': The Horace Silver classic is pure gold! Think Annie Ross and Twisted!
You're Nearer: Voice and piano - Bush, inspired by Shirley Horn's version of the Rodgers and Hart classic and, I guess. pianist Dunache was too.
Feelin' Alright: Ian Shaw, along with Dunache, did the arrangement with Shaw throwing in the backing vocal. Shaw also produced the album and Dunanche did all the arrangements on the disc.
A credit to all concerned!
Lance.
* Softly as in a Morning Sunrise not on actual CD.

1 comment :

kaletzkya said...

Home counties? She's Canadian. Have heard a lot of her and always enjoyed it - a fine singer and a really nice person. And Liam's a great piano player.