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11,783 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 12 years ago. 1023 of them this year alone and, so far, 50 this month (Sept. 17).

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SEPTEMBER

IT IS ADVISABLE TO CHECK IN ADVANCE WITH THE VENUE THAT THE GIG IS ON

THURSDAY 24

Vieux Carre Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside NE27 0DA. 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Abbie Finn Trio - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regent Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 284 3700. 7:30pm. Donations on the night. To book a table (max four people from one household/support bubble) visit: www.gosforthcivictheatre.co.uk.

Maine St Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Sunniside Road, Sunniside NE16 5NA. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:00pm - 10pm. Free. Note earlier start/finish.

FRIDAY 25

SouLutions Sistas - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 8:30pm (7:00pm doors). £10.00. SOLD OUT!

SATURDAY 26

Boys of Brass - Tyne Bank Brewery, Walker Road, Newcastle NE6 2AB. Tel: 0191 265 2828. 7:00pm. £10.00. + £1.37 bf for table for two. Other packages available. See www.tynebankbrewery.co.uk.

SUNDAY 27

Vieux Carre Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Tel: 0191 691 7090. Free.

Friday, September 04, 2020

Album review: Susan Tobocman - Touch & Go.

Susan Tobocman (voice); Joel Frahm (tenor/soprano sax); Dave Eggar (cello); Pete McCann (guitars); Henry Hey (piano/Rhodes); Matt Pavolka (bass); Michael Sarin (drums).

I remarked on Wichita Lineman being an unusual choice for Joe Stilgoe on last night's live stream from Ronnie's. Well, what do you know? here it is again and, not only that but it was also on the recent album by Bob Mintzer with the WDR Big Band. Further investigation and it seems to have been on more albums than Summertime - well, perhaps not quite as many but it certainly appears to have been doing the rounds.

Susan Tobocman, despite this being her fourth album, is a new name to me, but not one I'm likely to forget.

Apart from her warm and flexible voice which entwines itself seductively around 10 of the 12 tunes (two are instrumental versions of the five originals she contributed) there are superb solos from the various instrumentalists with Frahm outstanding.

Apart from her own compositions, her arrangements of the standards are equally impressive. The Beatles' Help!, poignantly laid back and sensuously performed is given a whole new perspective that the composers may have intended but never achieved in their own version of the song. Two takes - both compelling. McCann's wild blast on the alternative take is something else!

However, good as the covers are and The Man I Love swings like nobody's business, it is Susan's own I Could Get Used to This that wins the cigar.

Highly recommended.
Lance

What'll I Do?; Wichita Lineman; The Man I Love; Make Believe; Leave of Absence; Help!; I Could Get Used to This; The Way To You; Touch & Go; Where is Love?; You Only Live Twice; Help! (alt. take).

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