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Bebop Spoken There

Dave Gelly: “From 1 January 1920, when prohibition was imposed in the US, people didn’t stop drinking, they just stopped drinking legally.” – (Jazz Journal October 2017).

Regina Carter: “When I was a teenager, I would daydream about going out on a date and dancing to Ella’s music.” (Down Beat October 2017).

Today Tuesday November 21

Afternoon

Classic Swing - The Ship, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free. New weekly mainstream session. 2 mins from Monkseaton metro.
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Evening

Jam session - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm Free. Session led by Mark Williams.

Omar Sosa + Seckou Keita - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead NE8 2JR. 0191 443 4666. 8:00pm. £21.80. Sage Two.

Gypsy Jazz Jam - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. Doors 7:00pm. Free. ‘No audience as such – everyone is a player/musician or a gypsy!’

Charles Gordon - Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 0191 233 1010.

10:00pm. Free.

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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

CD Review: Gregory Porter - Liquid Spirit

Greg Porter (vcl); Chip Crawford (md/pno); Aaron James (bs); Emanuel Harrold (dms); Yosuke Sato (alt); Tivon Pennicott (ten).
(Review by Lance).
"Gregory Porter, the man most likely to bring jazz back into the mainstream." So said The Independent whilst The Guardian described Porter as "A rapidly ascending star with a magnificent blues-baritone voice."
Pretty fair descriptions of a man whose appealing lush baritone has already been nominated for two grammy awards.
Porter's is an emotive voice that exudes a gorgeous mix of jazz, blues and soul without too many vocal pyrotechnics.
The ballads, Water Under the Bridge, Hey Laura and Wolfcry are pleas from the heart - lyrical and reflective, plaintive and passionate.Free is medium pace soul with the horns laying down a harmonic framework behind the vocal and Sato taking off "freely"! Brown Grass, a tale of unrequited love, has a delicate tenor solo by Tennicott. Wind Song, a love song, The In Crowd, a soul jazz hit for Ramsey Lewis back in the 60's. Porter stays faithful to the original.
Movin' a nice lyric -"When you say you wanna be free? Free to sing, Free to dance, Free to let someone take a glance, In a world that's free of me." When Love Was King, a melancholy religioso piece emphasising the richness of  his voice and remembering a bygone world.
I Fall in Love Too Easily, apart from The In Crowd, the only non Porter composition. Accompanied by just piano and bass it's difficult not to make comparisions with the classic versions by Sinatra or Chet Baker but it has to be said that Greg Porter holds his own in that exalted company.
A welcome third album by a charismatic singer ever increasing in popularity. Perhaps this one will get more than just the Grammy nomination..
Gregory Porter - Liquid Spirit was released on  the Blue Note label on Sept. 9.
Lance.

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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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