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'606' Club: "A toast to Lance Liddle of the terrific jazz blog 'Bebop Spoken Here'"

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13,381 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 799 of them this year alone and, so far, 73 this month (June 20).

From This Moment On

JUNE

Mon 21: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). POSTPONED!

Wed 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). POSTPONED!

Thu 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside 1:00pm).

Thu 24: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead (8:30pm).

Fri 25: Hot Club du Nord @ St Mary's Parish Hall, Barnard Castle. 7:00pm. Tickets: £15.00. + bf. A Barnard Castle Rotary Club event. POSTPONED!

Fri 25: Archipelago + Faith Brackenbury @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle (8:00pm). £10.00. & £8.00. Echoes to the Sky album launch. A GCT Jazz Club-Jazz North East co-promotion.

Fri 25 Alter Ego @ Traveller's Rest, Cockerton, Darlington (8:00pm). POSTPONED!

Sat 26: Tyne Valley Big Band @ The Sele, Hexham (3:45pm).

Sun 27: Vieux Carré Hot Four @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay (12 noon).

Sun 27: Noel Dennis Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle (8:00pm). £10.00. Advance booking essential: www.jazzcoop. A Jazz Co-op-Jazz North East co-promotion.

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Album review: Kristiana Roemer – House of Mirrors

This is the debut album from Ms Roemer, who has musical influences from jazz, folk, art song and choral work. She was born and raised in Germany and she has always written songs and poems. She studied science in Germany and singing in the USA, where she gained a Master of Music qualification and she has performed on the Brooklyn NY music scene.

Most of the words and music on the CD are by Ms Roemer, except for Turrentine's Sugar, which is arranged by our singer; Manchmal, Deine Hande and Dark Night of the Soul have lyrics which are based on other poems; and the final track is by Duke Ellington.

The music is well-played by the instrumentalists, pleasantly understated and delicate, which suits the rather gentle songs, which reflect 'the many dimensions of humanness and character', as quoted from the notes provided. However I found this album somehow difficult to get to grips with. The voice was pleasing to listen to but I couldn't make out some of the words being sung. I consider that the album needed more variety of interpretation. It would have helped if the lyrics had been provided, which they often are when the songs are originals.

I played the CD twice, which reviewers don't usually have time to do, and I enjoyed it better the second time, so perhaps it needed to be heard more than once or twice. Each track deals with a relationship; for instance track 2 is about the singer's mother, who is ever present in spirit, a slow tune sung freely against light drums and delicate cymbals, ending with notes from the bass which sound like a heartbeat. Turrentine's Sugar was one of the most jazz-like tracks, with solos for sax, piano and bass, but I wanted the voice to make more of the rhythmic possibilities of the song, instead of the rather dreamy interpretation that I heard. Perhaps this style of interpretation is a tendency of  European singers.

The CD is available on Sunnyside Records from the usual suspects.

Ann Alex

Kristiana Roemer (vocals); Addison Frei (piano); Alex Claffy (bass); Adam Arruda (drums); + Gilad Hekselman (guitar track 1); Ben Monder (guitar tracks 5,6,7); Dayna Stephens (sax tracks 3,8); Rogerio Boccato (percussion track 2)

House Of Mirrors; Beauty Is A Wound; Virgin Soil; Deine Hande; Dark Night Of The Soul; Manchmal; Lullaby For N; Sugar; Duke Ellington's Sound Of Love

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