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Postage

16542 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 422 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (June 17).

From This Moment On ...

June

Sun 23: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 23: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Matt Carmichael @ St Mary’s Church, Wooler. 3:00pm. Carmichael (saxophone), Fergus McCreadie (piano), Charlie Stewart (fiddle). ‘Scottish jazz, folk-roots & landscape’ Wooler Arts: Summer Concerts.
Sun 23: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Tweed River Jazz Band @ Barrels Ale House, Berwick. 7:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Bede Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 23: Leeway @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sun 23: Jazz Jam @ Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 24: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 24: Remy CB @ The Hoppings, Newcastle Town Moor NE2 3NH. 5:00-7:00pm.

Tue 25: Louise Dodds & Elchin Shirinov @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Wed 26: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 26: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 26: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 27: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 27: The Joni Project @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Joni Mitchell.
Thu 27: Lindsay Hannon’s Tom Waits for No Man @ Harbour View, Roker, Sunderland. 8:00pm.
Thu 27: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 27: Loco House Band @ Bar Loco, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free.
Thu 27: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Garry Hadfield (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass)

Fri 28: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 28: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 28: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 28: Pete Tanton’s Chet Set @ Warkworth War Memorial Hall. 7:30pm. £10.00.
Fri 28: Paul Edis @ St Cuthbert’s Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.
Fri 28: Ant Law, Alex Hitchcock, Jasper Høiby & Sun-Mi Hong @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm. £15.40., £13.20.

Sat 29: Spat’s Langham’s Hot Fingers @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club.
Sat 29: Vermont Big Band @ Seahorse Pub, Whitley Bay Football Club. 7:30pm. £10.00. (inc. hot buffet).
Sat 29: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Friday, December 13, 2019

CD Review: Robin Phillips - RE-VERSƎD

Robin Phillips (vocal/piano); Jihad Darwish (bass); Seb De Krom (drums); Sammy Mayne (alto sax); Brandon Allen (tenor sax).
(Review by Lance)

Having recently heard Michael Bublé and Jason Isaacs live and listened to Harry Connick Jr.'s latest album, Robin Phillips had it all to do - this was put up or shut up time. He didn't shut up - he put up!

As soon as I heard a sample I knew this was worth checking out. Not least because of Phillips' conception of including some lesser known verses of better known GASbook songs and working them back into the song rather than leaving them adrift after the initial 16/32 bars. It worked!

Imagine the aforementioned Connick Jr., the late Peter Skellern and, most significantly, Harry Nillson. All have left an influence but only a slight one. Phillips is his own man and, with a piano style that makes him a rated one, plus a voice that is more than just that of a contemporary crooner, it isn't surprising that he is in demand across the clubs and bars of our capital city.

Not many crooners - even the great and the good - had guys like Mayne and Allen, De Krom and Darwish goosing them along and the horn solos are the perfect icing to enhance the cake.

The ultimate beauty, however, is the discovery of how much more these, oft dismissed, verses added to the meaning of the song - in a sense it's like finding an extra movement to a symphony or an additional verse to a classic poem.

How's about playing the verse at your Xmas party and asking your guests to guess the tune? As a bonus you could then ask them to guess the singer. They won't but, you can bet your life they will next Xmas! - the world will (fingers crossed!)

The CD player is now in repeat mode...
Lance.
Time After Time; Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most; It Had to be You; As Time Goes By; These Foolish Things; On Green Dolphin Street; They Can't Take That Away From Me; A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square; Don't Blame Me.

1 comment :

Liz said...

Many years ago I was on live Radio with Pete Murray, it was a lunch time show, they played the verse, and the listener had to carry on singing the chorus. I was unfortunate to get "One Alone" I knew it, and won a Beatles LP, but my big prob was singing this chorus in a key to suit my voice ( I think it was John Hanson) what a laugh, anyway I enjoyed it, and had a lovely chat with Pete. Yes, agree the verse is everything!

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