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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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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

CD Review: Steve Lipman - Hats Off


(Review by Ann Alex)

I was fascinated to read that this singer works as a dentist. What is it about jazz that attracts the medical profession? Quite a few local musicians are doctors – is it the fact that jazz is maybe a more numerate and scientific type of music that encourages clinicians to play?  In fact, our singer is quoted as saying ‘The creativity demanded by a fluid jazz arrangement is no less than what is required for the art of dentistry.’ Interesting!  I must persuade my dentist to take up the saxophone. I digress, but maybe this is a talking point for BSH. Anyway, our singer performs throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts and this is his third album since 2011. The album is a collection of Gasbook standards, mixed with a couple of more modern songs and two songs of American patriotism.

I enjoyed the music and was even intrigued by one or two of the tracks. Lipman’s voice is a rich smooth baritone and he sings with feeling. He says he was originally influenced by Sinatra but now has very much his own style. The musicians do their stuff admirably. The album gives a ‘hats off’ to the greats such as Sinatra and Cole Porter, but this singer has now outgrown the hat he used to wear in homage to Sinatra.

Night And Day is sung to a Latin guitar accompaniment, No One Ever Tells You is a blues sung to a saloon piano accompaniment, The Way You Look Tonight features a ska beat, The Coffee Song (about all the coffee  in Brazil)  is a Latin number with amusing lyrics such as ‘a politicians daughter was accused of drinking water’. One of my favourite tracks is Leonard Cohen’s Dance Me to the End of Love, done as a sinuous klezmer tune played on saxophone. The rest of the tracks were: You Make Me Feel So Young; Orange Colored Sky; Come Rain Or Come Shine.

One of the tracks that intrigued me was The Sound Of Music, not my favourite song, and nor was it helped by rather sentimental backing singers and a melodica solo. Then came the last 2 tracks, in which the speech about ‘Give me your poor from all nations’ etc was spoken. I’d enjoyed the rest of the CD so I could deal with this, but I was dreading the final track, which was the Battle Hymn Of The Republic. But guess what? I loved this version, it was rock-influenced, with guitars, saxes and percussion, a tasteful down to earth way of interpreting the song, and an interesting way to conclude an enjoyable listening experience.

The CD was self-released on March 18 and is available at all fine online retailers. See www.stevelipmanmusic.com
Ann Alex (contract not yet terminated. Perhaps you can’t manage without me!)

Steve Lipman (vocals) + (on various tracks): Dan Thomas (electric guitar); Colin Jalbert (drums); J Witbeck, Reed Sutherland (bass); John Corda, Zach Cross (piano); Nick Borges (trumpet); Steve Yarbro, Ryan Emken (sax); Ryan Palkoff, Kathryn Rapacki (trombone); Nate Christy, Ben Falkoff (acoustic/electric guitars); Sara Hill (violin); Dan Prindle (cello, piano, bass); Mary Corso, Beth Harvey (backing vocals); Jimmy Robitaille (percussion); Glen Nelson (melodica); Jim Arment (clarinet)

2 comments :

Lance said...

Yes, Ann, you're still on the team. As it happens, I've got a dental appointment this afternoon. If I'd had your review earlier I'd have booked a flight to Connecticut or Massachusetts and have Steve perform whatever procedure is needed. Perhaps he could put me to sleep with a lullaby instead of an anaesthetic...

Anonymous said...

If you want a Jazz playing dentist try the Denmark Street Dental Practice in Gateshead. The first time I went there the background music was Bessie Smith singing Give Me a Pig's Foot etc. Naturally I got chatting with Neil Paterson,the senior partner once he had finished torturing me and he explained that on quiet days he played jazz saxophone. I have never been there on a quiet day so haven't heard him play but the background music soothes me.

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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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