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Bebop Spoken There

Howlin' Wolf: “He [Charlie Patton] was a nice guy, but he just loved the bottle--like all the rest of the musicians. He was a great drinker.” – (DownBeat December 16, 1967).

Frank Zappa: “Those kids [US students] wouldn't know music if it came up and bit 'em on the ass.” – (DownBeat October 3, 1969).

Today Wednesday April 25

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8:00pm. £1.00. (Upstairs).

Jam Session - Dun Cow, Brandling Village, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4RS. 8:00pm. Free.

The Village Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm £3.00.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson Street, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Thursday, September 19, 2013

CD Review: Suzi Stern - Romancing The Dark

Suzi Stern (voice, percussion); George Oldziey (piano, accordion, percussion);  Paul Unger (acoustic bass); James Anderson (violin); Steve Schwelling(drums, percussion) Also various musicians on cello, violin, viola, trumpet, clarinet, trombone, guitar, acoustic bass, drums.
(Review by Ann Alex)
Suzi Stern has released 7 jazz CDs previously, but for her latest release, Romancing The Dark, she has stepped outside of the jazz idiom, and come up with an album of her own original compositions and arrangements.  I’m afraid to say that this CD didn't quite cut the mustard for me.  The voice is sweet, with competent singing and good work from the musicians, but the songs mostly don’t catch the listener’s attention.  Perhaps more hooks are needed for full enjoyment of the lyrics, which are closer to a wandering poetic style rather than the sharper, catchier words which go well in songs.
I did however quite like the tracks Haunted Heart (a neat bit of jazz type singing with an effective violin solo) and Sleepwalking Girl (a jazzy piano, with cymbals and bass) but my attention wandered a bit during the other tracks.  I’d have liked to see a photograph of the musicians on the CD cover, as they have done quite a good job on the album.  For instance, Sounds Are Louder In The Dark has the musicians producing a choppy, tricky rhythm with a creepy sound which wouldn’t be out of place in a vampire film. And Tango For Tina includes a pleasing gypsy violin.  There would have been space for more photographs as all the lyrics of the songs are given, so the CD insert consists of quite a few pages.  I’d be interested to hear some of Ms Stern’s earlier jazz albums, for comparison with this one.
The CD is released on the Bus Biscuit Records label on September 24th 2013.
Ann Alex.

3 comments :

ss said...

Thanks for taking the time to listen to the entire project Ann. Send me your address and I'll send you my jazz CD's which you may enjoy more.
suzistern@austin.rr.com

ss said...

I'm not certain this made it to you so I'll post again: Thanks for taking the time to listen to the entire project Ann. Send me your address and I'll send you my jazz CD's which you may enjoy more.
suzistern@austin.rr.com

Lance said...

I've passed your message on to Ann - she'll be in touch.

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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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