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Bebop Spoken There

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Simon Spillett: A lovely review from the dean of jazz bloggers, Lance Liddle...

Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.

Postage

16590 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 483 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (July 14).

From This Moment On ...

July

Thu 18 Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Brunswick Methodist Church, Newcastle NE1 7BJ. 2:30pm. £4.00.
Thu 18: Theo Croker @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 18: Brad Linde’s Continentals @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 18: Eva Fox & the Jazz Guys @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 18: Ray Stubbs R&B All Stars @ The Mill Tavern, Hebburn. 8:00pm. Rhythm & blues.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guest band: Darlington Big Band.

Fri 19: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 19: Zoë Gilby Trio @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm.

Sat 20: Snake Davis & Helen Watson Duo @ Chopwell Community Centre NE17 7HZ. 7:30pm. £17.50.

Sun 21: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 21: Salty Dog @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 21: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free. Sun 21: The Big Easy @ The White Room, Stanley. 5:00pm.
Sun 21: Ben Crosland Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 22: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 23: Nomade Swing Trio @ Newcastle House Hotel, Rothbury. 7:30pm. £10.00. Tickets from Tully’s of Rothbury or at the door (cash only). A Coquetdale Jazz event.

Wed 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 24: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 24: The Ronnie Scott’s Story @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Wed 24: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 24: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Elina Duni And Rob Luft @ Jazz Co-op Livestream May 17

Elina Duni (voice); Rob Luft (guitars, electronic effects)

A homely scene greeted us, Elina and Rob on the sofa with a few fairy lights behind, yet this was also an international gig, as shown by the names in the chat box and the greetings that Elina gave later, to people from France,  Albania, Kosovo, the USA. Excellent sound through my headphones and passable even without them.

 About 35 people listed as listening, enough to fill the jazz bar at the Globe – Alas! But this is a different sort of gig, which may continue in some form in the future, who knows?

First up was Ornette Coleman's Lonely Woman which blended later into a folk song from Elina's native Albania, When You Appear at My Doorstep. Flowing guitar comments to the vocal lines with a very Eastern feel and the second song is sung beautifully, in Albanian, slowly reflective, a passionate repetitive chorus, ascending scales and jubilant guitar sounds. This outline doesn't do the performance much justice, but you can listen for yourself on YouTube.

Next came a love song from the mountains of Kosovo, the words were foreign but the sentiment came across. A complex song with many sections yet not difficult listening, repeated passionate phrases, singing the tune with the guitar but a few notes higher, very different from jazz variations, ending with the guitar sounding like a double bass. Flying Kites, an original, composed on the very sofa that we were looking at, (not an observation we could appreciate at an actual gig), drawn from Elina's childhood memories, and the guitar playing fast twisting riffs to imitate the kites.

Then came a typical folk song theme, the girl fancies a man she meets when getting water from the well, before remembering that she must return home to her mother. A fast skilled guitar over a slow song, with brilliant very high guitar notes to end.  

Another original (One Day In?); followed by a Charlie Haden/Abbey Lincoln number with echoing guitar. The duo showed their versatility with an out and out jazz standard,  I'm Glad There Is You. 

A final folk song, a love song about the moon, and the well-deserved encore, which was demanded in the chat box, Serge Gainsbourg's Couleur Cafe, done samba style, with Rob singing in harmony in the chorus, and an abundance of  guitar effects which sounded like quite a few guitars at once.

If you want more of these two musicians, and I bet you do, Rob's album, Life Is The Dancer, was out in April 2020, on Edition Records.  See www.robluft.bandcamp.com

Elina's last album, Partir, April 2018, is on ECM Records. See www.amazon.co.uk/elina-duni.
Ann Alex

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