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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 Monday August 19

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

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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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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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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 all of them other than those we are able to answer with a positive response.
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Lance