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Bebop Spoken There

Don Rendell: “The public...complain of a lack of modern jazz in their area and then don't support it when it arrives." - (Melody Maker, May 5th 1962)

Ronnie Scott: "People are just not prepared to sit and listen to jazz during the week." (Melody Maker, July 21st 1962)

Today Thursday July 20

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:oopm. Free.
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Evening.
Sarathy Korwar Quintet - Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre, 59 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. 8pm. £10. (£8 conc.).JNE gig.
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Tyne Valley Big Band + Tyne Valley Youth Big Band + Tyne Valley Junior Jazz Ensemble -Phoenix Bar, Chisholm Place, Hexham. 6pm (Collection).
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Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside NE16 5EE, 8:30pm. Free.
Screamin' Miss Jackson & the Slap Ya Mama Big Band - The Schooner, South Shore Rd., Gateshead. 8:30pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. James Harrison (piano); Richie Emmerson (tenor); Ray Dales (alto) - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Free. 9pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

CD Review: Anya Malkiel – From the Heart

Anya Malkiel – vocal; Randy Porter – piano; John Wiitala – acoustic bass; Jason Lewis – drums; Jim Schneider -  tenor saxophone & flute; Christian Tamburr – vibraphone.
(Review by Debra M.)
This is the debut album from St Petersburg  raised  American jazz singer Anya Malkiel.  With an intimate atmosphere  created by her quiet, languid vocal and a sympathetic ensemble of musicians, she explores a  range of well-known and less familiar standards with sensitivity. The opening  relaxed, swinging blues ‘Fine and Mellow’ sets the tone , and  features an expressive  tenor solo from Jim Schneider . 
However, her vocals are more compelling  in  tracks such as ‘I Thought About You’, where a restrained introduction of voice and piano is transformed into a lively Latin number by the arrival of rest of the ensemble. ‘Invitation’ has a contemporary feel, underpinned by a bass groove and some fluid vibes from arranger Christian Tamburr. An up tempo ‘There Will Never Be Another You’ showcases Malkiel’s fluid scatting, which also goes down well in ‘Beautiful Love’.  The latter is well-arranged, with a short introduction of bowed bass and piano, giving  a classical mood, which  continues  interspersed with swinging sections throughout the piece. One of the strongest, yet quietest tracks, is the final ‘Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child’;  stripped down to a vocal and double bass duet, Malkiel sings of being ‘a long way from home’ and this clearly comes straight from the heart.
Amazon samples.
Anya Malkiel – From the Heart was released earlier this year.
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.
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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