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13,806 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1223 of them this year alone and, so far, 50 this month (Oct. 13).

From This Moment On ...

October

Fri 15: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm..
Fri 15: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm..
Fri 15: Sue Ferris Quintet @ Traveller's Rest, Cockerton, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 15: House of the Black Gardenia @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 16: Women Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor Julija Jacenaite: Improvarium..
Sat 16: Emma Fisk & James Birkett @ St Mary's Church, Monkseaton. 7:30pm..
Sat 16: Triptych @ Sage Gateshead. 7:45pm. Trio with live visuals by Lisa Delarny. .
Sat 16: Rendezvous Jazz @ Memorial Hall, Ponteland. 8:00pm. Guest Ian Wynne (piano)..

Sun 17: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 17: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club. 1:00pm.
Sun 17: Shunyata Improvisation Group @ Unitarian Church, Newcastle. 1:30pm.
Sun 17: Vula Viel @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 18: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 20: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 20: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 20: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 20: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 8:00pm.

Thu 21: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 21: Alter Ego @ St James' & St Basil's Church, Newcastle 7:30pm.
Thu 21: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 21: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 22: Mick Shoulder Quartet @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Quartet featuring Alex Clarke (BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year finalist).
Fri 22: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: Sue Ferris Quintet @ Traveller's Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 22: Michael Feinstein @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Fri 22: Peter Morgan Trio @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Album review: Sarah Moule, Esther Bennett, Daniela Clynes - The Songs of Duncan Lamont

It seems a lifetime ago since I first heard Duncan Lamont's Young Person's Guide to the Jazz Orchestra on my car radio. It has remained in my memory ever since as one of the finest extended suites in jazz. 

In the years that followed I became very much aware that the man was a master of his craft whether it be as a composer, arranger or tenor saxophone player although, in the latter category, I sometimes found myself confusing father and son, both of them having the same name and playing the same instrument.

Sadly, it took his death in 2019 for me to fully comprehend the quantity and the quality of his songwriting. He said he tried to write one song per day which, by my reckoning means he must have started when he was three years old!

The five songs on this EP are merely the tip of the iceberg but what songs and what beautifully respectful performances by all including both father and son. 

The music and the lyrics simply ooze class which is probably why the media never poured them down our throats. Too difficult for anyone but the best to sing hence we've had recordings by Blossom Dearie, Cleo Laine, Natalie Cole, Norma Winstone, Peggy Lee and many others including the three on this tantalisingly brief album.

Sara Moule sings I Told You So and Stark Reality. Tales of love gone awry with accompaniment by Simon Wallace (piano) and Duncan Lamont Senior blowing cool Getzian tenor. Sara finds just the right amount of feeling - singing from the heart, telling a story.

Esther Bennett steps up for Pretty People and There Ain't Nothin' Like the Blues. John Crawford takes over on piano, Duncan Senior blows more tenor and Simon Little (bass) and Mark Fletcher (drums) complete the line-up. More unrequited love with Bennett's throaty delivery tailor made for singing the blues.

The final track has the two singers joined by a third - Daniela Clynes - for A Great Day in Harlem inspired by the famous 1958 photo by Art Kane.  With Wallace back on piano  and Lamont the Younger on tenor it comes across like Man Tran or LHR as the names of at least 14 of the musicians on the photo are name-checked in the lyric. A great finale but I wanted more, more, more ...

Lance

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