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T-Bone Walker: "In fact, there's a girl out there in California in a hospital right now because I was playing a blues that affected her so much that she lost control of herself and started crying, and she stood up and fell over backwards and fell on another table and injured her spine. That's the way the blues affects some people." - (Down Beat October 15, 1942).

Steve Wilson: “I originally wanted to be a drummer, but changed course when I heard Eddie Harris and Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Cannonball Adderley live when I was 9 or 10.” – (Down Beat November 2014).

Bebop Spoken There Archives.

Today Friday November 21

Afternoon.
RENDEZVOUS JAZZ - Black Horse, Monkseaton. 1pm. Free.
Classic jazz.
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JOHN WILSON ORCHESTRA: Cole Porter in Hollywood - Sage Gateshead. 3pm/7.30pm. £28.50-£46.
Songs from the movies sung by, among others, Matthew Ford.
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Evening.
VASILIS XENOPOULOS w. PAUL EDIS TRIO - Opus 4 Jazz Club, Traveller's Rest, West Auckland Rd., Cockerton, Darlington. 8pm. £6.
One of my favourite tenor player - and your's too after you've heard him! With the Edis Aces fuelling the Greek Fire this is well worth the trip.
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UNFURL - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. £5 (£3 before 8.30pm.)
I'm reliably alerted to expect a "combination of Indian Ragas, contemporary jazz, flamenco and Arabic rhythms" so it sounds like an exotic evening is in store on Pink Lane.
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FUMI OKIJI OLD TIME JAZZ BAND - Edmondbyers Village Hall, Co. Durham DH8 9NL. 7.30pm. £7 (£4 child). 01807 255608.
Standards and jazz classics by band touring rural areas.
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JOHN WILSON ORCHESTRA: Cole Porter in Hollywood - Sage Gateshead. 3pm/7.30pm. £28.50-£46.
Songs from the movies sung by, among others, Matthew Ford.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

CD Review: Thought Fox – My Guess

Lauren Kinsella – voice; Colm O’Hara – trombone; Tom Gibbs- piano; Mick Coady – double bass; Simon Roth – drums
Diatribe Records DIACDO13. UK Release May 6, 2013
(Review by Debra M.)
Coincidently following on from the recent Jazz Words at the GIJF, a session devoted to poetry and Jazz, is the UK launch of debut CD from Thought Fox , a band which takes its  name and inspiration from a Ted Hughes’ poem.
The 5 piece ensemble, led by London based, Irish vocalist and composer Lauren Kinsella, emerged a few years ago, winning   the Music Network Young Musicwide  Award 2010 - 2013.
A central feature of their music is the close link between Kinsella’s instrumental vocal lines with Colm O’Hara’s trombone, either in harmony or an octave apart, where the warm low toned  horn compliments her light supple voice.  Throughout the album there is extensive improvisation, some of it  free form,  which returns to a melody or groove, often separated by distinct changes in  time or dynamic. This is particularly effective in Malin’s Chai, which begins with the trio in 5 time,  who are  joined by trombone & vocal, and then takes  an abrupt change in mood and tempo, with  dreamy lyrics, sung with  sinuous notes & some gorgeous vocal intervals. The band then reverts to the initial groove, with solos from piano and trombone, changing back for the lyrical interlude.
The first track Nightlight also works particularly well, opening with a funereal bass and piano, which progresses to a spacious ensemble  improvisation, evoking a late night sound scape. In several of the tracks Kinsella scats with peculiar, Scandinavian-like sounds, possibly an influence of her time spent in Sweden.  Her lyrics can be poetic and insightful, for instance in Arrival / Departure - “What are these strange lives,…what is this strange place?”- a song apparently about the bewilderment of a new born  encountering the world.  Colm O’Hara is an ideal foil in this project, and he plays a number of understated, absorbing solos. There are also excellent contributions from Tom Gibbs on piano, Mick Coady on double bass & Simon Roth on drums.
Thought Fox have shown they are worthy award winners with this intriguing debut album. The UK launch is on May 8 at The Vortex in London.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYQ8FE5C9BY   Video of Prime of Life by Thought Fox
Debra M.

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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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