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13,348 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 766 of them this year alone and, so far, 40 this month (June 11).

From This Moment On

JUNE

Fri 11: Faye Aspinall @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Solo, ‘postmodern jazz singer’.

Sat 12: Tribute to Gerry Hughes (Tees Hot Club) @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 12 noon (jazz 2:00-3:30pm). £5.00. Outdoor event. Details from 01642 823813.

Sun 13: Vieux Carré Hot Four @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay (12 noon).

Sun 13: Sunday Jazz @ The Radio Rooms, Berwick (2:00pm).

Sun 13: Charlotte Keeffe Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. (8:00pm). £10:00. Advance booking essential at: www.jazz.coop.

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Album Review: Lauren Lee – The Queen of Cups

Lauren Lee (vocals, piano, keyboard)

Lauren Lee is a native of St Louis who now lives in New York, and this is her third album as a leader. There are six original songs, two standards, and two instrumentals, Metheny's Unity Village and Shorter's Footprints. Ms Lee's intention was to get people to rethink the nature of jazz on piano and vocals.

Before the pandemic, Ms Lee had recorded four of the originals which were intended to be released as an EP, but she later decided to add some pieces which had been originally meant to be played by a trio, resulting in this album.

I'm afraid that much of this music was not to my taste. The original songs are mostly okay lyrically but there was lots of scat which didn't seem to be related very much to the tune, and which sounded a bit 'samey' after a few tracks.

The standards, both ballads, If I Should Lose You and I Should Care were more effective, performed with the keyboard, but even these showed too much use of the trembling keys effect. The instrumental pieces were probably the better numbers, played skilfully on piano, with a distinct one/two footprints pattern on the piece of that name. Ms Lee's voice is quite sweet and flexible, but this CD is rather a missed opportunity. 

Available on the ears&eyes label via the usual suspects.

Ann Alex

Cogitation; Up in the Air; Mad House; If I Should Lose You; Another Reality; Unity Village; I Should Care; Boxes; Footprints; Cocoon

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