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Giovanni Guidi: "So many jazz albums today are all original compositions, and five minutes after the record is finished, you can't remember a single song. I think it's a problem." - (JazzTimes Oct. 2019).

Archive

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 Friday October 18

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Classic Swing - Jesmond Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Avenue, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 3EX. Tel: 0191 281 0736. 1:00pm. Free.

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening.

Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things - Forum Cinema, Market Place, Hexham NE46 1XF. Tel: 01434 601144. 7:00pm. £8.30. - £5.80. Film (2019, 89 mins) directed by Leslie Woodhead. Swing Bridge Trio in Café Bar following screening.

Dave O’Higgins & Colin Oxley - Great Broughton Village Hall, Ingleby Road, Great Broughton TS9 7ER. 7:30pm. £20.00. ‘O’Higgins & Oxley Play Monk & ‘Trane’. Oxley replaces Rob Luft.

Paul Taylor - Ushaw College, Durham DH7 7DW. Tel: 0191 334 5119. 7:30pm. Free (donations). An Ushaw Piano Festival event.

Jazz Lads - Saltburn Cricket Club, Marske Mill Lane, Saltburn TS12 1HJ. Tel: 01287 622761. 8:00pm. £5.00.

Guisborough Big Band - Saltburn Golf Club, Guisborough Road, Saltburn TS12 1NJ. Tel: 01287 622812. Time TBC.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. Time 8:30pm. Screening of Stanley Nelson's documentary film (2019, cert. 15, 1hr 55mins).

Blues/Soul etc.

Ray Stubbs R & B All Stars - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

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

Sunday, April 21, 2019

CD Review: Nat King Cole - For Sentimental Reasons.

Nat King Cole (piano/vocals); Irving Ashby/Oscar Moore (guitar); Johnny Miller/Joe Comfort (bass); Jack Costanzo (bongos) + Billy May/Stan Kenton Orchestras - 1 track each).
(Review by Lance).

A master class, not only in singing but in jazz piano. This is what begat Oscar Peterson and provided the groundwork for the Shearing Quintet. Apart from that, the smoothest voice you'll ever hear. Strangely, Sinatra moved from fairly straight ballad singing to the most swinging cat on the block whereas Cole moved in the opposite direction.

Fortunately, the 21 tracks here, dating from 1943 to 1951, are predominantly jazz orientated with Cole's vocals and bop piano licks as delectable now as they were 70 plus years ago. The instrumentals - Cole Capers and Bop Kick - rubber stamp his piano credentials. Brief snatches of guitar from Moore and Ashby add to the mix. Peterson later used the piano, guitar and bass format for many years and, if memory serves me right, I think Ashby also had a spell with Oscar prior to Kessel and Ellis. The Canadian also recorded some vocal tracks and guess who he sounded like? Got it in one!

Walking My Baby Back Home and Orange Colored Sky both charted. The former with Billy May and those slurping saxes, the latter with Kenton's brass-heavy ensemble which did no harm at all. Nor did Pete Rugulo's arrangement of That's my Girl deserve the ignominy of being the B side to one of Cole's biggest hits - Too Young. I remember buying the 78 as a kid and playing the B side more than Too Young. After all, it was an Ellington tune. It was only when I received this album that I discovered that the Ellington in question was not Duke but the Britisher Ray Ellington!

If you like classic singing, swinging piano and, in Oscar Moore and Irving Ashby, two of the most underrated of the post-Charlie Christian guitarists then this is an absolute must.

Like the rest of the series, the re-mastering is simply magnificent.
Another one of the essential BMG Dreyfus Jazz releases due out on May 10.
Lance.
This is my Night to Dream; (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons; I've Got a Way With Women; I'll String Along With You; Walking My Baby Home; Portrait of Jennie; If You Can't Smile and Say Yes; I Used to Love You; If I Had You; I'm in the Mood For Love; 'Deed I Do; Don't Blame Me; Orange Colored Sky; On the Sunny Side of the Street; Bop Kick; I'm an Errand Boy For Rhythm; That's My Girl; You're the cream in my Coffee; It's Only a Paper Moon.

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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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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.)
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