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Jackie Paris: "A singer's got to be able to tell a story. Frank Sinatra and Nat Cole are best at that; Mel Tormé too. I like to take a lyric that means something and sing it right to the person it was meant for." - (DownBeat October 11, 1962).

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Daily: July 6 - October 27

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden - Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA. Tel: 0191 478 1810. Screenings at intervals during the day. Part of Akomfrah's exhibition Ballasts of Memory. Exhibition (daily) July 6 - October 27. 10:00am-6:00pm. Free.

Today Tuesday September 17

Afternoon

Jazz

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden (see above).

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Acoustic Infusion with the Mighty Horns - Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:30pm (doors 7:00pm). £5.00. Rick Laughlin & co.

Strictly Smokin’ Sessions - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £8.00. & £6.00.

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 819845. 8:00pm. £4.00. Guest: Don Armstrong (reeds). Note earlier start.

Blues

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Wednesday, April 04, 2018

CD Review: Paula Rae-Gibson and Sam Leak - Permission

Paula Rae-Gibson (vocals, lyrics, also photography, filmography on CD cover) Sam Leak (piano)
(Review by Ann Alex).
‘O dear,’ I thought as I read on the insert that ‘ The two musicians have developed a synergetic approach to real-time composition’.  I even looked up ‘synergetic’ in the dictionary. I needn’t have worried as I loved this very unusual CD. The best way to describe it is: imagine a GASbook song with skilled lyrics but sung in a fragmented fashion, with lots of well-played, appropriate, piano coming between lines and words of song, deep unsettling chords, then scampering arpeggios, then sitar-like sounds from direct contact with the hammers. The piano was ‘prepared’ on some numbers, which means played unconventionally, touching bits not normally used. ‘ Melodic free jazz exploration’ is the phrase used on the insert to explain the music, which is a good description, although I don’t know how ‘free’ as the listener wonders about what happens in the editing process, if there is one.
The effect was certainly melodic, piano beautifully played, and Ms Rae-Gibson’s voice was sweet and deep by turns, with a pleasing nasal quality, very expressive, sensuous, with lyrics exploring the many aspects of love. For instance, I’ll Catch You When You Fall begins with an acapella love song, then the prepared piano clanky, falling, then sitar-like to the words ‘you touch me so deep’, and repeated riffs from the voice and piano, ending with lyrics ‘I’ll catch you when you fall, you’ll catch me when I fall.’ Full Blown Love plays with the idea in those lyrics, with the phrase constantly repeated, to high pitched fast tones from piano. There are 8 long tracks, and other titles are: Permission; Deepest Down; Rather Make Believe Than make Do; Second Best; Lovely Rain; Over Dark Waters.  
There is no biographical information with the CD, and the website quoted, www.33jazz.com appears to be where to go to buy the CD.
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.
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