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Jimmy Vaughan: "I don't just want to turn out stuff because I'm supposed to. I'm not a plumber. I don't want it to be just a job" - (Downbeat, August 2019)

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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 Monday July 22

Afternoon

Jazz

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

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

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

CD Review: Judy Wexler - Crowded Heart

Judy Wexler (vocals); Alan Pasqua (piano/melodica); Larry Koonse (guitar); Bob Sheppard (alto flute); Darek Oles (bass); Steve Hass (drums); Stefanie Fife (cello); Josh Johnson (alto sax); Aaron Serfaty (perc.).
(Review by Lance)

Crowded Heart somehow got lost in transit in the journey from my mailbox to the Victrola and, as such, I'm a few weeks late in posting a review. In the meantime, it has hit the number one spot of both the 1tunes and Amazon Jazz Charts - this without my help!

Subtitled Jazz Standards for the 21st Century, it's a poignant disc full of songs of love lost, love found, modern life, dreams that didn't come true, chance meetings, sex - the whole 9 yards of emotion. Songs of today.

Circus Life, a samba, relates to the insanity of modern life it's one of the few bright sounding numbers.

Parisian Heartbreak by Richard Galliano has lyrics by Kurt Elling and, as the title implies, is the complete opposite to April in Paris or any other Parisian songs you care to mention.

Crowded Heart by Danish vocalist Sinne Eeg has lyrics by Mads Mathias and deals with the end of an adulterous love affair. 

Gregory Porter composed music and lyrics for Painted on Canvas making the point that a person's life is enhanced by the people and experiences one embraces - well er maybe.

Norma Winstone provided the words to Fred Hersch's Stars and Wexler's approach to these songs mirrors Winstone's in many ways.

Another British vocalist, Georgia Mancio provided the lyrics and Alan Broadbent the music to The Last Goodbye. The duo released their own version a couple of years back.

Take My Breath Away positively sizzles it took my breath away - I needed a cold shower! Sexy and suggestive lyric by French singer René Marie.

I Took Your Hand. Lorraine Feather's lyric tells the story of a woman who goes to a ball (as they do) and falls in love with a masked reveller (as they don't - not that I've ever been to a masked ball, perhaps my luck will turn if I do!)

It's Only Smoke. "I keep dreaming of a fire, but when I wake up to the cold It's only smoke" Music by Larry Goldings words by Cliff Goldmacher.

Pianist Pasqua composed And We Will Fly with more words from Elling and, at long last, a song of optimism. Beautiful intro from Koonse.

An album that deserves its popularity. Rarely heard songs from recent years but worthy of a place in the Great American Song Book Vol. 2 (or perhaps it should be the Great World Songbook given that we have songs from France, Venezuela, Great Britain, Denmark, New Zealand, Italy and, of course, USA. Wexler has the perfect voice for the material and has a band of outstanding soloists who make the most of their limited opportunities.

A gem.
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.
Similarly, CDs received by post will only be considered if accompanied by sufficient background material.
Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance