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Today Monday June 17

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Evening

Tenement Jazz Band - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:30pm (doors). Free (donations).

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Saturday, December 01, 2018

CD Review: Laura Dickinson - Auld Lang Syne

Laura Dickinson (vocals/arrangements) + big band including Steve Trapani (bass trombone); Kye Palmer (trumpet); Andrew Synowiec (guitar) with other arrangements by James A. Mcmillen, Johnny Mandel, Brent Fischer, Larry Blank, Bill Liston, Alan Steinberger, Andrew Synowiec.
(Review by Lance)

Normally, Ann Alex would have been delegated for this Yuletide offering but Ann's already had one seasonal album so, as I don't think this is Russell's glass of mulled wine, I'll decide for myself as to whether it's a turkey or not.

Firstly, I do like Christmas, despite the false bonhomie and the dreadful sweaters, it's a time when you can get drunk without being treat as a social outcast and eat as much as you like without counting the calories. And, of course, there are the CDs such as this one...
Many of the musical Scrooges pour scorn on the maudlin sentiments expressed by the lyrics of most Christmas songs whilst, at the same time, ignoring the fact that a lot of them are jolly fine tunes and, minus the seasonal aspect, would be all year round standards (how's about some of our poets/poetesses writing a non-Christmas lyric to a Christmas song?)

The numbers here: Happy Holiday/The Holliday Season; I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm; Christmas is Starting Now; Peace and Joy; The Man With the Bag (Kay Starr laid down the benchmark for this one); Love You Didn't Do Right by Me (Rosie Clooney, wearing a figure-hugging black dress, sang it to Bing Crosby in White Christmas); A Marshmallow World (Bing sang this one on a Christmas album); Miss You Most; Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!; Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (JudyGarland sang it in Meet me in St. Louis) and Auld Lang Syne (everyone has sung this one!). A good choice and not too lachrymose. The arrangements could almost stand alone without the vocals and the solos are excellent.

Laura Dickinson is what Barbra Streisand might have been if she'd listened to Ella Fitzgerald instead of Ethel Merman. A wide range, a good sense of timing and some imaginative interpretations suggest that this lady from Orange County, CA is on her way.
Lance.

1 comment :

Elsie Laura Dickinson (on F/b). said...

Woooo, thank you so much Holly and Lance! Very grateful!

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