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13,367 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 785 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (June 16).

From This Moment On

JUNE

Thu 17: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead (8:30pm).

Fri 18: Jazz Jamaica @ Sage Gateshead (8:00pm).

Sat 19: Jude Murphy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle (8:00pm).

Sun 20 Knats @ The Globe, Newcastle (8:00pm). Advance booking essential: www.jazz.coop. SOLD OUT. Livestream available from £7.50.

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).

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Album reviews: Gemma Sherry - Let's Get Serious & The Songs I Love

Let's Get Serious: Gemma Sherry (vocal); Rick Germanson (piano); Paul Bollenback (guitar); Eric Wheeler (bass); Joseph Doubleday (vibes); George Coleman Jnr. (drums).

The Songs I Love: Gemma Sherry (vocal); Billy Woodman (piano); Mike Waite (bass); Patsy Gamble (tenor sax).

Gemma Sherry, a New York based Aussie singer began her musical career as an alto saxophonist. Her first idol was Art Pepper and, maybe it's with the advantage of hindsight, but her voice, for me, evokes the fragrant feeling of Art's early recordings. I hope she takes that as a compliment!

These two albums, along with a third, were released over the past 12 months and contain as choice a selection of standards as I could ask for. Indeed, listening, I wonder did we subconsciously and unknowingly get together to pick the songs? I would have certainly opted for at least half of them and then kicked myself for not going for the other half!

Influences? Blossom Dearie, Shirley Horn, Peggy and ... herself!

Both albums have top backing and peppy solos enhance many of the tracks and both pianists do our girl justice.

So which album do I recommend? Today it's Let's Get Serious. Tomorrow it will probably be The Songs I Love - not least because it includes Blame it on my Youth.

You can keep your Summertime and Cry me a River - this, for me, is the song that tugs at my heartstrings. Chris Connor recorded a defining version but Gemma pushes her close.

Two fine albums.
Lance

Let's Get Serious: Blossom's Blues; Give me the Simple Life; Too Much in Love to Care; Try Your Wings; The Alley Cat Song; The Gentleman is a Dope; Why Don't You Do Right?; Whatever Lola Wants; Straighten Up and Fly Right; Go Away Little Girl; The Doodlin' Song.

Songs I Love: Some Other Time; You Don't Know What Love is; I Fall in Love Too Easily; Satin Doll; Hear's that Rainy Day; Lush Life; Spring Can Really Hang You up the Most; When Sunny Gets Blue; Blame it on my Youth; Peace; You go to my Head; 'Round Midnight; Save Your Love For Me.

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