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13837 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 56 of them this year alone and, so far, 56 this month (Jan. 16).

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Mon 17: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Classic Swing @ Venue, Cramlington NE23 6UT. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 19: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 19: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 20: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 20: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

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Fri 21: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
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Fri 21: Jude Murphy & Dan Stanley @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 22: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 7:30pm. £5.00.
Sat 22: MGB @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. The Milne-Glendinning Band.

Sun 23 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
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Sun 23: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Anth Purdy: Swing Jazz Guitar @ Blues & Bourbon, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
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Mon 24: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 24: Vels Trio @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Album Review: Ashley Locheed & Chris Rottmayer – So in Love


Ashley Locheed (voice); Chris Rottmayer (piano); Chuck Archard (electric bass) Keith Wilson (drums)

(Recorded in 2011, So in Love is dedicated to the band's drummer Keith Wilson who died in 2014 aged 55.)

Ashley Locheed, vocalist and bandleader, performs internationally with her quartet, tours regularly with Michael Bolton and has worked with Engelbert Humperdinck as well as playing with artists such as Richard Drexler and Allan Vaché.

Chris Rottmayer, a pianist for Walt Disney World since 1999, is at present a jazz piano instructor at the University of South Florida. 


These two lead on this very fine, stylish, more-than-competent, album, which gives us mostly standards including two different renditions of So in Love, but also provides variety in the form of The Windmills of Your Mind; Paul Simon's Something So Right and La Vie En Rose.

The opening So in Love is intimately sung over a Latin beat with a strong rhythmic bass, in contrast to the same song on the final track, a swing version with a fuller sound and a lighter bass. Both acceptable but I preferred it swinging. Agua De Beber has pleasing lyrics which I hadn't noticed before, maybe because it's often sung in the original language. 'Round Midnight, feelingly sung, getting across the tension of being unsure in love. It helped that I was listening at around midnight (we never sleep at BSH).

I Love Paris ended with a quick chorus of C'est Ci Bon, a neat touch. The cleverly arranged Summer Wind, with effective images of cymbals sounding like the wind and the piano flowing like wind. The Windmills of Your Mind, sung as a slow ballad making it all the better to enjoy the imagery of the lyrics and Piaf’s La Vie En Rose over an effectively steady drumbeat rounded off an excellent choice of tunes.

I did have one reservation... I've come to the conclusion that the electric bass is not nearly as good for jazz of this nature as the lovely big wooden double bass. The former is more suited to the contemporary side of jazz and, on this album, I found it a bit too loud and insistent on some of the tracks.

The album is available from September 4 on the Timucua Arts Foundation label. See www.chrisrottmayer.com
Ann Alex

So in Love; Agua De Beber; 'Round Midnight; Day in Day Out; I Love Paris; Something So Right (Paul Simon); Summer Wind; Sailing; The Windmills of Your Mind (Michel Legrand); La Vie En Rose; So in Love (take two).

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