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13,490 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 908 of them this year alone and, so far, 72 this month (July 23).

From This Moment On

Fri 23: Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord @ Gala Theatre & Cinema, Durham. 1:00pm. Tickets: £6.00. + £2.00. bf. Tel: 03000 266 600.

Fri 23: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 7:30pm.

Fri 23: Helen Anahita Wilson & Shahbaz Hussain @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 8:00pm. SOLD OUT!

Fri 23 - Sun 25: The Globe Summer Festival @ The Globe, Newcastle. Multi-genre bill (jazz inc. Tenement Jazz Band, Nishla Smith). Various ticket options (live stream option available) see: www.jazz.coop.

Sat 24: Youth Ensembles present St Cuthbert Suite @ Sage Gateshead. 7:30pm. Composer Paul Edis conducts Folkestra, Jambone, Quay Voices & Young Sinfonia in a new arrangement of his St Cuthbert Suite. AVAILABLE ONLY AS A PRE-RECORDED STREAM ON YOUTUBE AT 7:30PM.

Sat 24: Simon O'Byrne & Paul Grainger @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 25: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sun 25: Emma Johnson's Gravy Boat @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl Hotel, Newcastle. 3:30pm.

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone North Tyneside. 1:00pm.

Thu 29: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.

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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