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Today Sunday June 16

Birthday wishes to Steve H.

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Free.

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1:00pm (doors 12 noon). Free.

Alice Grace & Ben Helm - Bonbar, Fenkle St., Newcastle NE1 5XU. Tel: 0191 232 8695. 1:30pm.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 4:00pm. Free.

Blues/Funk/Soul

The Panthers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Sour Mash Trio - The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3AF. 5:00pm. Free.

Evening

Customs House Big Band - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. Tel: 0191 454 1234. 6:00pm. £13.00. ‘Swing on a Summer’s Evening’. The band’s 20th anniversary concert.

East Coast Jazz Jam - The Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 6:00pm. Free.

Gerry Richardson Quartet - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. ( (£3.00. student).

DU Jazz Soc jam session - Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St, Durham DH13NP. Tel: 0191 383 9290. 7:30pm. Free.

Francis Tulip Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 7:30pm. £7.00. Line-up: Francis Tulip (guitar); Ben Lawrence (piano); John Pope (bass); Matt MacKellar (drums)

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

Sunday, October 28, 2018

CD Review: Evelyn Laurie - A Little Bit of Me.

Evelyn Laurie (vocals); Euan Stevenson (piano); Tom Gordon (perc.); Frank Bolam (guitar); Konrad Wiszniewski (tenor); Mario Caribe (bass).
(Review by Lance).
Yet another female singer - am I allowed to say that now that 'man-sized tissues' have been declared non-pc? There are moments on this emotive disc where tissues of any dimension and gender would be useful to have at hand.

Laurie gets into the lyrics and brings out whatever poignancy is contained within. When she sings Sandy Denny's Who Knows Where the Time Goes? you pose the same question to yourself and, in I Fall in Love Too Love Easily you will believe her just as much as I did when Chet [Baker] sang it all those years ago. 

Not that this is an album of tearjerkers, far from it, the gentle swingers are equally delightful. The paradoxically titled I Love the Way You're Breaking My Heart romps along merrily as does Lullaby of Birdland where Laurie indulges in some restrained scatting.

I Love Your Smile, a Laurie original, is another bouncy ballad helped along by some great piano from Stevenson who is on the money throughout.

In the Dark has more original words from the Scottish singer who proves emotion can be conveyed without histrionics. Konrad W blows tenor both solo and in accompaniment on this one and reminds us just how good a player he is.

Wichita Lineman, surprisingly, offers an acceptable alternative to the Glen Campbell chart version recorded back in the days when the MM/NME charts meant something. Bolam's guitar solo does mean something - it means he's a mighty fine geetar man as they might say in Wichita.

The tissues are out again for I'm a Fool to Want You. Voice and bass blend perfectly on this number that has Sinatra's name on the credits. I think Ol' Blue Eyes would have approved!
The final number is a strange choice. Fly Away has Laurie lyrics added to Carl Orff's In Truitina from his Carmina Burana. I suppose it's okay, Konrad blows atmospheric tenor but, as I've never been enamoured of Carmina, I'll pass judgment on this track.

Highly recommended,  9 tracks out of 10 isn't bad and the opener - Close Your Eyes - is a good starting point to listen to the debut album of a singer I hope we'll hear more of without having to take the high road or the low road.
Lance

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