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16573 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 466 of them this year alone and, so far, 12 this month (July 7).

From This Moment On ...


Fri 12: The Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ The White Swan, Main Road, Ovingham NE42 6AG. 12:30pm. Free.
Fri 12: John Settle @ The Old Library, Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland. 1:00pm. £8.00. Settle (vibes) w. Dean Stockdale, Mick Shoulder & Tim Johnston.
Fri 12: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 12: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 12: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Sat 13: Jazz Stage @ Mouth of the Tyne Festival. Free. Vieux Carré Jazzmen (12 noon); Trilogy of Four (1:35pm); Classic Swing (3:10pm); Archipelago (4:40pm).
Sat 13: East Coast Swing Band @ Tynemouth Metro Station. 1:00pm. Free. A Mouth of the Tyne Festival event.
Sat 13: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Prudhoe Riverside Park. 12:55-1:40pm. Free.
Sat 13: Michael Woods @ Cycle Hub, Ouseburn, Newcastle NE6 1BU. 1:30-2:30pm & 3:00-4:00pm. Country blues. An Ouseburn Festival event.
Sat 13: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ The Beehive, Hartley Lane, Whitley Bay NE25 0SZ. 5:30pm. Free. Gig in the Secret Garden.
Sat 13: Anth Purdy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. ‘Swing Jazz Guitar’. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 14: OUTRI + Slowlight Quartet @ The Bandstand, The Sele, Hexham. 12 noon-2:00pm. Free. OUTRI is Ian ‘Dodge’ Paterson’s new solo bass project. ‘The Bandstand Sessions’.
Sun 14: Jazz Stage @ Mouth of the Tyne Festival. Free. Rendezvous Jazz (12 noon); Delta Prophets Trio (1:35pm); Abbie Finn Trio (3:10pm); River City Band (4:40pm).
Sun 14: MSK @ Tynemouth Metro Station. 1:00pm. Free. A Mouth of the Tyne Festival event.
Sun 14: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 14: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.
Sun 14: Jamil Sheriff’s Five Gold Rings @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm.
Sun 14: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free. Sun 14: Lounge Lizards + King Bees @ The Tyne Bar, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free. The Tyne Bar’s 30th anniversary, top class blues double bill.
Sun 14: Richard Herdman @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Mon 15: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 15: Nathan Lawson Trio @ The Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. £8.00. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Tue 16: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Victoria & Albert Inn, Seaton Terrace, Seaton Delaval NE25 0AT. 12:30pm. £15.00 (tel: 0191 237 3697). Summer BBQ in the Beer Graden.
Tue 16: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Alan Law, Paul Grainger & Abbie Finn.

Wed 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 17: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 17: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 17: John Pope & John Garner + Nisha Ramayya @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £15.00. (£12.00. adv.). A Gem Arts Masala Festival event.

Thu 18 Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Brunswick Methodist Church, Newcastle NE1 7BJ. 2:30pm. £4.00.
Thu 18: Theo Croker @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 18: Brad Linde’s Continentals @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 18: Eva Fox & the Jazz Guys @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 18: Ray Stubbs R&B All Stars @ The Mill Tavern, Hebburn. 8:00pm. Rhythm & blues.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm.

Saturday, April 09, 2022

Album review: The Baylor Project - Generations

I came by this album in a rather circuitous way in that I entered a competition to win a CD of an album that was, ultimately, only released on vinyl and so I was sent this instead, (along with an album by Kansas Smitty's (very good) and a 8 disc box set by Incognito (about 6 discs too many!)). I played Generations a few times and intended to review it, but it wasn’t until I saw that it had been nominated for a Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album that I decided to dig it out and give it another spin.

An earlier Baylor Project album, The Journey, was reviewed on BSH by Ann Alex back in January 2017. You can read her review HERE. Like The Journey, Generations also has a core of musicians and a steady parade of guests to fill out the cast list.

Generations is an affirmation of faith and a tribute to all the preceding generations in the family back to the days of emancipation. However, it also reflects contemporary life and looks to the future. The past does not bind, but provides the foundations for the future.

The music flows along through a range of soul jazz settings, taking in Stax on Strivin’, Aretha on Happy to Be with You and a more mellow eighties sound with strings on Love Makes Me Sing and that’s just the first three songs. All these  and the others on the album are settings for Jean Baylor’s wonderful voice. It is rich and expressive and while she scats and, occasionally, hollers, there is no resorting to modern clichés or melismatic wailing.

One of the tracks, 2020 opens with a choral field slaves’ spiritual lament to suggest that not enough has changed since emancipation. This develops into a big soul sound with a tremendous tenor solo by Keith Loftis and some heavy duty pummelling from Marcus.

Most of the 12 songs are Jean and Marcus Baylor co-compositions with only two covers, including Wayne Shorter’s Infant Eyes to which Jean has added lyrics. Points to Shedrick Mitchell and Dezron Douglas for their understated performance on this track. Just in case people were starting to think that it’s not a jazz album, we get Blackboy whereon Jean’s voice is set against Freddie Hendrix’ trumpet, strings, a rock solid bass by Douglas again and powerful drumming by Marcus. The song builds and swoops, shifting from a bare to a fuller arrangement, shifting and sliding through a rollercoaster ride. Send the Jazz Police back to the station, this is the genuine article!

There is a simpler sound to Only Believe which brings forth the pathos; it could be Anita Baker singing I Can’t Make You Love Me. Only Believe flows into some pulpit rattling on a short closing number, Benediction that features Apostle Larry J Bunker that features some revivalist shouting. Brevity is its main virtue.

The Baylors also deserve points for the quality of the arrangements. It can’t have been easy putting together an album like this over three years with a pandemic to contend with as well, but it doesn’t sound like a patchwork of offcuts that was cobbled together. It is the arrangements and Jean Baylor’s voice that holds it together. These are strong performances and worthy of their Grammy nomination. Impressive frocks too

There’s more on the Baylors and their project, including some performance videos (and more frocks) on their website which can be found HERE.

(Btw Esperanza Spalding won the Best Jazz Vocal Grammy this year for Songwriters Apothecary Lab) - Dave Sayer

Jean Baylor (vocals, claps and stomps); Marcus Baylor (drums); Shedrick Mitchell, Terry Brewer (keys); Dezron Douglas, Ben Williams, DJ Ginyard, Richie Goods (bass); Ray Holloman, Marvin Sewell (guitar); Keith Loftis, Freddie Hendrix, Mark Williams, Christopher Michael Stevens, Aaron Goode, Korey Riker (horns) plus guests including Kenny Garrett, Jazzmeia Horn, Diane Reeves and various Baylor family members.

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