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Bebop Spoken There

Grant Green Jr.: "One thing that most people--especially jazz cats--don't realise is that all of your jazz standards were once pop standards" - DownBeat July 2018).

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Bobby Sanabria: "Tito Puente was not a very tall man, but when he played the timbales he was a giant among men." - DownBeat July 2018).

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Today Saturday June 23

Afternoon

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Evening

Get in the Band - 1) Great North Museum (Hancock Museum), 2) Central Station & 3) Sage Gateshead. Times TBC. Free but ticketed. For details visit: www.sagegateshead.com

Eric Burdon & the Animals + Hilton Valentine’s Skiffledogs - Newcastle City Hall, Northumberland Road, Newcastle NE1 8SF. Tel: 08448 112121. 7:30pm. £86.00., £66.00., £46.00.

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

Dean Stockdale - Zeffirellis, Compston Rd., Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 9AD. 01539 433845. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Thursday, March 16, 2017

CD Review: Georgia Mancio & Alan Broadbent - Songbook

Georgia Mancio (voice/lyricist); Alan Broadbent (piano/music); Oli Hayhurst (bass); Dave Ohm (drums/perc.)
(Review by Lance).
GIJF invariably holds a myriad of delights and this year is no exception. Given the variety of styles on offer, it is not only unfair to single out one concert above the rest but nigh on impossible. Nevertheless, there is one concert that I simply can't miss - the one that the four musicians on this CD take part in on Sunday evening, April 2.
The musical partnership between Broadbent and Mancio is indeed a 'special relationship'. Broadbent's compositions and his sympathetic accompaniment; Mancio's lyrics and her winsome voice; the ingredients spell a recipe for a unique collaboration.
The lyrics are about love lost, and love found. Romantic love, maternal love. Of hopes and regrets; memories of happier times, the emotions that everyone experiences at one time or another.The voice is one to send shivers down your spine, but not in a bad way. Shirley Horn's the only other contemporary singer I can think of who had those qualities.
Broadbent's compositions are an eye opener as is his piano playing. Little did I think, back in 1970, - I'm sure I heard him with Woody Herman at Newcastle City Hall - that he would become not only an all-time piano great but also an outstanding composer. That he is both is beyond dispute here.
Olie Hayhurst and Dave Ohm hover unobtrusively but not ineffectually behind voice and piano whilst much of the credit for a faultless album must go to producer Andrew Cleyndert. 
The release date is given as April 23 but I'm sure they will have advance copies at Sage Gateshead on April 2 and at Ronnie's the following night.
If we awarded stars to albums this one would rate a whole galaxy.
Lance.
Georgia Mancio & Alan Broadbent Songbook Quartet are in the Northern Rock Foundation Hall, Sage Gateshead on April 2 @ 7:45pm. £13.50.

1 comment :

Jen Errington said...

Hi Lance Well I've already got tickets for this - so see you there!!J

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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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