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R I P Terry Shannon - November 5, 1929 - October 29, 2022
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R I P Louise Tobin - November 11, 1918 - November 26, 2022

Bebop Spoken There

Kenny Barron: "During the pandemic I got to do a lot more cooking. As long as you can read you can cook." - (DownBeat December, 2022)

The Things They Say!

Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

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.

Ann Braithwaite (Braithwaite & Katz Communications) You’re the BEST!

Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Postage

14845 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 1094 of them this year alone and, so far, 93 this month (Nov. 30).

From This Moment On ...

November

December
Mon 05: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 05: Sia Ahmad & Raymond MacDonald @ Blank Studios, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Tickets: £5.00. from www.seetickets.com. Live recording session - note no late admissions. BYOB.

Tue 06: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (table reservations 0191 386 5556). Feat. Johnny Murphy (keyboards).

Wed 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 07: Jam session @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 12 noon-3:00pm.Free. New!
Wed 07: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 07: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 07: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Last one of the year, resuming Jan 26.
Thu 08: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 08: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm.
Thu 08: Christmas Crooners @ Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm.
Thu 08: Musicians Unlimited @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. £5.00. on the door.

Fri 09: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon. £25.00. 'Afternoon Jazz with Festive Lunch'.
Fri 09: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 09: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: Jason Isaacs @ Northern Rugby Club, Gosforth, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £25.00 (inc. two course Xmas meal). Isaacs performing with backing tapes.

Sat 10: Lindsay Hannon & Martin Douglas: Life Drawing & Improvised Music @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 2:00-4:00pm. TBC.
Sat 10: Alan Barnes Octet: A Jazz Xmas Carol @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £20.00. All-star band!

Sun 11: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 11: Spanish City Rollers @ Northumberland Square, North Shields. 12:30pm. Free. Community band inc. Graham Hardy.
Sun 11: Am Jam @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free. Jam session, all welcome.
Sun 11: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Xmas party feat. Mick Donnelly Quartet. 4:00pm. Tickets: £6.00 (admission from 12 noon).
Sun 11: Paul Skerritt @ Liberty Brown's, Sunderland. 1:00pm.
Sun 11: Tees Valley Jazzmen @ Hammer & Pincers, Preston le Skerne. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Sun 11: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 11: DC Blues Band @ Tyne Bar, Newcastle. 4:00pm. Free. Blues Band.
Sun 11: Jason Isaacs @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 5:30pm. SOLD OUT!
Sun 11: Boys of Brass @ Stack, Seaburn. 6:00pm. Free.
Sun 11: Elda with Faye MacCalman + John Pope & John Garner @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Wednesday, October 07, 2020

CD Review: Clifton Davis with The Beegie Adair Trio – Never Can Say Goodbye

I'll simply quote from the promotional material sent with the CD "The album is lush and romantic, burnished by Davis' smooth, warm voice and Adair's laid back, virtuosic piano playing. String arrangements add to the music's dreamy sonority."

That is all so true and enjoyable and I'd put the music in the category of 'middle of the road', very fine if that is to your taste. I prefer music with rather more 'bite'. The nearest it comes to jazz is in the very competent piano solos and the very effective bass solo on Too Marvellous. Davis is a skilled singer with a warm-toned voice but he uses little improvisation, so maybe he isn't a jazz singer, although that term is open to interpretation.

The album comprises three of Davis' own songs, a song by Adair and eight standards. Five of the tunes have a pleasant Latin feel and the most interesting song is the final track Leaving It Up To You. I expected this to be a love song, but it is a song about the will of God. Davis is a minister of religion, who always includes one song about God on his albums. Somewhere in the Hills also caught my attention especially, as it had a strong Samba beat with lively rhythmical percussion.

Davis is also a TV actor who has starred on Broadway, and he wrote the well-known pop song Never Can Say Goodbye (track 2). He has been in show business for most of his working life. For instance he played the Sultan in Aladdin on Broadway and he performed for 16 months in the National Broadway Tour of the musical Wicked.

The Beegie Adair trio has sold 2 million albums and has performed internationally. Davis met Adair in 2015 and they decided to collaborate on this album. Adair solos on piano on each track.

The album is available from www.cliftondavis.com 

Ann Alex

Clifton Davis (vocals); Beegie Adair (piano); Roger Spencer( trio arrangements, bass); Chris Brown (drums); Monica Ramey (vocals 1 track); Jeff Taylor (accordion); Mark Kibble (backing vocals and arrangements); Take 6 (backing vocals 1 track); Kevin Toney (synth, strings and arrangements); Charles Mims (string arrangements, synth, sweetening); plus string players and arrangers

I've Never Been In Love Before; Never Can Say Goodbye; Two For The Road; Swept Away: The Folks Who Live On The Hill; Too Marvellous; So Many Stars; Comecar De Novo; Somewhere In The Hills; Teach Me Tonight; Minha Alma; Leaving It Up To You

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