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Bebop Spoken There

Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Steve Voce: “Most of us have been crashed into by cretins who walk along the road absorbed in the screens of their mobile phones.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Today Wednesday May 24

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £5.
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Sunday, August 24, 2014

CD Review: Nancy Kelly - B That Way.

Nancy Kelly (vcl); Dino Losito (B3); Jerry Weldon (ten); Peter Bernstein (gtr); Carmen Intorre (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Yet another vocalist! They sprout overnight like mushrooms - on both sides of The Pond. 
The Huffington Post describes mushrooms as: ...They can even be magical. They have the ability to add a depth of flavour to our dishes that is otherwise unattainable.
Ms Kelly is just such a delicacy - perhaps a Chanterelle (fruity and peppery) - and she certainly makes her mark on this, her long awaited 5th CD and her first with the B3 line-up.
B That Way is one of those discs that grab you from track one (Come Back to Me). Voice, Hammond B3, tenor, guitar and drums groovin' as one.
Kelly can handle a song as good as anyone. She does it with feeling without being over dramatic. The pitching is spot on even when making the occasional swoop up into the rafters and she exudes warmth on poignant ballads such as Don't Explain, Don't Worry 'Bout me and Don't Go To Strangers. Billie's Bounce (inexplicably called Billy's Bounce on the sleeve) moves at a fair lick, as befits a bebop classic, and Kelly handles the Jon Hendricks' lyric with ease bringing to mind Annie Ross' Twisted.
Losito treats the B3 intelligently and with restraint albeit without any lack of swing. A name to reckon with. Weldon blows lyrical, straight down the middle tenor - a joy to hear in these days of extremism. Likewise Bernstein makes every note count and Intorre keeps the ship afloat and on course. One of the numbers that really hits the spot is Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone.
An impossible request! I'm going to be talking about Nancy Kelly long term!
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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