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Bebop Spoken There

Ray Anderson: “When I started listening to the Ellington trombones, it was all over.” – (Jazz Times October 2015).

Philip Larkin: "Let-Me-Out Department: the Melody Maker now has monthly reviews of Cage, Stockhausen et al. A case for a change of name?" - (Daily Telegraph April 18, 1970).

Today Thursday November 26

Vieux Carré Jazzmen -
The Victory, Killingworth Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 1SY. 1:00pm. Free.
Tees Valley Jazzmen - No1 Champagne Bar, Market Place, Bishop Auckland. 12:30pm. Free.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, NE16 5EE.8.30pm. Free.
Tees Hot Club w. guests Ray Dales, Kevin Eland, Ernie Jackson & Bryn Jones- Dormans, Linthorpe Rd., Middlesbrough, TS5 5DT. 01642 823813. 9pm.
Sinatraland w. BBC Big Band, Claire Martin, Liane Carroll & Ian Shaw - Sage Gateshead. 7:30pm. £24, £21, £18.
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - The Millstone, Haddricks Rd., South Gosforth NE3 1QL. 6:30pm. Free. Note this month's earlier start.
The Pocket Jazz Orchestra (Jeremy McMurray, Peter Ayton, Paul Smith, Mark Toomey, Noel Dennis) - The Ship, Redmarshall, Stockton on Tees. 8pm. Free.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

CD Review - Zara McFarlane: Until Tomorrow

Zara McFarlane (vcl); Peter Edwards (pno); Nick Walsh (bs); Andy Chapman (dms); Binker Goldings, Camilla George, Zern Adu (saxes).
This is an impressive debut album - most singers would choose to go down the Gasbook road to get established but Zara is more than just a mere singer she is a composer and lyricist to boot! And boot it she does too when the number demands it. However, more often than not, it's a soft, fur-lined slipper that she uses to cajole things along. The voice is softly subtle and caressing, entwining the words around you, making you feel that you are part of the song
Behind her the musicians riff with a sort of New Orleans post Katrina intensity - full of soul and, so the blurb tells me, eclectic nu-soul! Well Hallelujah Lord because I haven't got a clue what eclectic nu-soul is all about but if it's what Zara is laying down I'll buy it!
Until Tomorrow by Zara McFarlane is available from Oct 10, 2011, on Gilles Peterson's Brownswood Recordings label. Album launch at MOMO, London on Thursday (Oct. 6) Lance.

1 comment :

  1. Just a reminder to get your ticket for Zara McFarlane performing at The Vortex Jazz Club on Wednesday 19th October 2011. £6 adv £8 door


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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.
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