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Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Steve Voce: “Most of us have been crashed into by cretins who walk along the road absorbed in the screens of their mobile phones.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Today Wednesday May 24

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £5.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Ruth Lambert Quintet: Splinter @ The Bridge

Ruth Lambert (vcl), Graeme Wilson (ten), Paul Edis (pno), Andy Champion (bs), Tim Johnstone (dms).
"You and the Night and the Music" sang Ruth bravely battling a non-cooperative mic. before Adrian Tilbrook twiddled a knob or two to restore the equilibrium and enable Ruth to ride the number out in style as befitted her stable-girl chic.
Nancy Wilson's "Save Your Love for Me" was followed by the first of three devil numbers that were interspersed in the set lists.
This was "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea" taken at a nice bouncy swing. The other devils were "That Old Devil Moon" and "Devil May Care".
All in all it was a typical Ruth gig which means quality songs sung impeccably in the company of four of the best guys around.
"My Romance" and "Time After Time" had Ruth starting off with just Andy Champion on bass. Both numbers were taken slightly faster than the norm which pumped a bit of life into them whilst "But Beautiful" was done slow and soulfully with Paul Edis emoting the perfect accompaniment behind the vocal. A similar feel was achieved on "Don't Explain", "So Many Stars" and "You Don't Know What Love Is".
The final "Almost Like Being in Love" began à capella before turning into a blast with some fine solos all round. Paul, Graeme and Andy had had their fair share but this was Tim Johnstone's only moment in the spotlight and he displayed the technique that makes me realise he is one of the most underrated percussionists around.
It was a good gig that was reasonably attended given the conditions underfoot and Ruth was in fine voice - catch her again soon.
Next week - Extreme Measures.
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. Hi Lance

    Another good set from Ruth - in fine voice. I thought the gig had a low-key feel to it. Perhaps the snow kept some at home - those who were there seem to be the nucleus of regulars at Splinter @ The Bridge. Here's hoping it continues.

    Russell

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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