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Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".

'606' Club: "A toast to Lance Liddle of the terrific jazz blog 'Bebop Spoken Here'"

The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.

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13,381 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 799 of them this year alone and, so far, 73 this month (June 20).

From This Moment On

JUNE

Wed 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). POSTPONED!

Thu 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside 1:00pm).

Thu 24: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead (8:30pm).

Fri 25: Hot Club du Nord @ St Mary's Parish Hall, Barnard Castle. 7:00pm. Tickets: £15.00. + bf. A Barnard Castle Rotary Club event. POSTPONED!

Fri 25: Archipelago + Faith Brackenbury @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle (8:00pm). £10.00. & £8.00. Echoes to the Sky album launch. A GCT Jazz Club-Jazz North East co-promotion.

Fri 25 Alter Ego @ Traveller's Rest, Cockerton, Darlington (8:00pm). POSTPONED!

Sat 26: Tyne Valley Big Band @ The Sele, Hexham (3:45pm).

Sun 27: Vieux Carré Hot Four @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay (12 noon).

Sun 27: Noel Dennis Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle (8:00pm). £10.00. Advance booking essential: www.jazzcoop. A Jazz Co-op-Jazz North East co-promotion.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

CD Review: Mad Love – Ish

Kathleen Hollingsworth (vocals, keys); Brent Follis (drums); Dave Captien (bass); Will Blades (organ 5); Dominic Castillo (guitar 4); Ross Garlow (bass 4).
(Review by Ann Alex)

Kathleen Hollingsworth, leader of this band Mad Love, is based in Portland USA, and she has been performing and writing songs for most of her life. As a child she sang and later went on to study piano and composition. 

Now a choral educator and adjudicator, Hollingsworth and Follis first developed their music working as a duo in an Italian restaurant.

Ish is enjoyable and interesting, but actually a bit odd, though in a good way. Tracks 1, 3, 4,7  were composed by Ms Hollingsworth but there is an abrupt change of style at track 4, which is in a country vein, whereas the previous songs have been jazz, so the album is more like 2 albums which have been fused together.

Track 6, a sort of lament, has music by Brent Follis, set to Hollingsworth's lyrics. Track 2 is an arrangement of Benny Golson's Whisper Not: Track 5 is an arrangement of Easy Rider and the CD ends with a blues, Candy Man by the British team of Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse, arranged by Hollingsworth. So the whole album has a somewhat disjointed feel, though not enough to spoil the listening experience. Maybe if a sheet with the lyrics had been included, that would have helped.

Yes, there is a definite jazz feel to Wave the Sun Goodbye, sung in a sweetish voice, with some very tuneful vocalese and a repeated groove of piano and drums to end the song. Track 3, Beneath An Evening Sky, has a suitable ethereal feel, high notes from the piano and continually rumbling bass and drums; Hey There Rider has the drums playing a riding rhythm and Easy Rider has the organ playing a rather rock-style solo. With the final blues we return to a jazz feel from the organ.

The Cd is available, on the Gladitude Records label. Listen to samples on Soundcloud under Kathleen-Hollingsworth/tracks

1/ Wave The Sun Goodbye 2/ Whisper Not  3/Beneath An Evening Sky 4/ Hey There, Rider 5/ Easy Rider;6/ Passing Of The General 7/ Weightless 8/ Candy Man.
Ann Alex

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