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16434 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 314 of them this year alone and, so far, 26 this month (May 9).

From This Moment On ...

May

Sat 18: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:00-9:00pm. Free. Celebrating ‘10 years of the Jazz Jam!’. House trio: Alan Law, Paul Grainger, Tim Johnston. A Late Shows event.
Sat 18: SH#RP Collective @ Holy Name Parish Church Hall, Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:00-9:00pm. Tickets: £15.00. Bar available, BYO snacks. A Jesmond Community Festival event. All proceeds to Kabuyanda Charity (Ugandan health care).
Sat 18: Red Kites Jazz @ Staithes Café, Autumn Drive, Gateshead. 7:30pm.
Sat 18: Alligator Gumbo @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.
Sat 18: Rockin’ Turner Brothers @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sun 18: Papa G’s Amigos special summer Latin set @ The Schooner, Gateshead NE8 3AF. 9:00pm. Free.
Sat 18: Late Night Special with Ruth Lambert & special guests @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 10:00pm-midnight. £5.00. (booking essential). Lambert & surprise jam session guests from down the years.

Sun 19: BTS Trombone Day @ Mark Hillery Arts Centre, Collingwood College, Durham University DH1 3LT. 11:00am-5:00pm. Free to British Trombone Society members (£10.00. & £5.00. to non-members). Recitals, workshops and mass blows.
Sun 19: Women Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. £25.00. Tutor: Andrea Vicari. Enquiries: learning@jazz.coop.
Sun 19: Ransom Van @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sun 19: Tweed River Jazz Band @ Barrels Ale House, Berwick. 7:00pm. Free.
Sun 19: Andrea Vicari Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 20: Harmony Brass @ the Crescent Club, Cullercoats. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 20: Michael Young Trio @ The Engine Room, Sunderland. 6:00-8:00pm. Free. Opus de Funk: Horace Silver.
Mon 20: Joe Steels-Ben Lawrence Quartet @ The Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. £8.00.

Tue 21: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Alan Law, Paul Grainger, John Bradford.

Wed 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 22: Alice Grace Vocal Masterclass @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 6:00pm. Free.
Wed 22: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 22: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 22: Daniel Erdmann’s Thérapie de Couple @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Thu 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 23: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 23: Castillo Nuevo Trio @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30pm. Free.
Thu 23: Immortal Onion + Rivkala @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 23: The Doris Day Story @ Phoenix Theatre, Blyth. 7:30pm.
Thu 23: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Jeremy McMurray (keys); Dan Johnson (tenor sax); Donna Hewitt (alto sax); Bill Watson (trumpet); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Fri 24: Hot Club du Nord @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00. SOLD OUT!
Fri 24: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 24: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 24: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 24: Swannek + support @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. Time TBC.

Sunday, May 05, 2019

CD Review: Kim Cypher - Love Kim x

(Review by Lance).

Yet another absolutely wonderful vocalist, the lyrics of The Nearness of You were delivered as emotionally as they have been delivered by any contemporary singer. She could have been singing to me (sigh). The next track, an original, Maybe, suggests that maybe she had someone else in mind! So what, I've loved and lost before and it's a great tune with lovely lyrics, some smoove soprano and a 100 watts of Dave Newton's keyboard make this as emotional an encounter as seeing a stranger across a crowded room during the course of an enchanted evening.
Soul Eyes has Cypher blowing tenor on Mal Waldren's signature dish. Newton adds a couple of tablespoons before our saxist brings it to a simmering conclusion - tasty.

Comes Love, is this an overdub? Kim is singing but the tenor sax wheedles its way in during the vocal and Pee-Wee isn't officially on this track., Cobbson is and does!

Breezin' has Kim blowing sop. It's all a bit easy listening, shades of Kenny G only better.

Valerie - a vocal sung emotively, telling a story, sits nicely alongside Amy.

People Get Ready - a Curtis Mayfield number done here as an instrumental. Kim blows her pants off over a full backing with Lenz putting the groove in before sanity prevails.

Highland Mike - written by Kim in memory of Mike Carter who 'Introduced me to such great music'. Pee Wee blows some earthy tenor.

Rising From the Dust - another original by Kim full of cutting lyrics about a woman learning to live again. Some shredding from Lenz plus a backing choir!

A Time to Reflect, A Time to Forget. Cobbson wrote this one and Kim takes it around the block on sop sax over a Carribean rhythm with the composer in there pitching.

Finally, Baker Street! I suppose it had to come. Over the years, the sax test pieces have evolved (or devolved) from Body and Soul to Take 5; Desifinado; Yakety Sax and Baker Street. Before you cringe, forget Gerry Rafferty (no, don't forget Gerry because Baker Street was one of the most emotive songs of the latter part of the last century) this is a totally different take. Kim plays sop and alto, the charismatic theme isn't lost but it's surrounded by so much magical, musical, mayhem that, had he still been in residence, Sherlock would have smoked a pipe of Shanghai's finest, grabbed his violin and joined in the jam - "I say Watson, I detected a D# diminished 9th in there - the game is afoot".

Afoot it is indeed!
Lance. 

Kim Cypher (vocals/flute/sop, alto, tenor sax) + (collectively) Pee Wee Ellis (tenor sax); David Newton, Alex Steele (piano); Chris Santo Cobbson, Lee Jones, B.D. Lenz (guitar); Tom Clarke-Hill, Clive Morton (bass); Mike Cypher (drums); Karl Vanden Bossche (perc.); John-Paul Gard (organ); Kentwood Show Choir).

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