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Hugh Masekela: “I advise every kid to check out their past because without a past you are in limbo.” (Songlines December 2017)

Leo Richardson: “I think your image is really important. You look at those old Blue Note recordings and you look at the liner note, the booklet and they’re in the studio and they’re wearing shirt and ties. They used to wear suits all the time.” – (Jazzwise December 2017/January 2018)

Submissions for review

Whilst we appreciate the many emails, texts, messages and other communications we receive requesting album/gig reviews on BSH, regrettably, we are unable to reply to them all other than those we are able to answer with a positive response.
Similarly, CDs received by post will only be considered if accompanied by sufficient background material.
Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance

Today Saturday December 16

Afternoon

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Evening

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band -Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regent Farm Road, Gosforth NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 7:30pm. Second night of two.

An Evening of Swing & Sparkle - National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL. 7:00pm. Tel: 0191 515 5555 (booking essential). £35.00. Rat Pack act, four course meal.

No Time for Jive - The Tannery, Gilesgate, Hexham NE46 3QD. Tel: 01434 605537. 9:00pm. Free.

Lyndon Anderson Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Snow Ball - St Mary’s Heritage Centre, Oakwellgate, Gateshead NE8 2AU. Tel: 0191 433 4699. 7:00pm. £19.00. Strictly Speakeasy (swing band) & Lindy jazz dance.

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

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

CDs of 2014

I receive so many CDs for review picking out one above all the rest is impossible so next year I hope to pick out a CD and a gig of the month which will narrow the field somewhat. Readers are, of course, invited to make their submissions although I won’t be holding my breath!
Anyhow, here we go (Alphabetical):
·       Annie Ross To Lady with Love. A CD and DVD featuring Annie Ross in tribute to Billie Holiday. The voice may be but a shadow of itself but the emotional content is unbeatable. With John and Bucky Pizzarelli.
·        Basin Street Brawlers It’s Tight Like That. A party style Dixieland band full of fun popular in and around London. Worth hearing them further north.
·   Big ChiefBlues in Twos. Previously unissued tracks by legendary blues band featuring Dick Heckstall-Smith.
·       Chris Ingham Quartet Hoagy. Pianist/vocalist Ingham pays tribute to Hoagy Carmichael with some Bixian overtones from Paul Higgs and recent North east arrival Russ Morgan on drums.
·       Count Basie and his Orchestra Original Album Series. A 5 CD set of classic Basie albums make this the reissue of the year.
·       Hank Marvin Django’s Castle. An unlikely entry but Marvin proves he’s no mere “shadow” of the legendary Django.
      Hansu-Tori - An Improvised Escape. A late arrival but well worth waiting for.
·        Johanna Graham Quartet Don’t Let Me Be Lonely. Debut album by a new singer (to me that is). Received rave reviews from her launch at Pizza Express.
·      New Century Ragtime Orchestra Singin’ in the Bathtub. Tyneside’s unique take on 1920s/30s big band music.
·        Paul Edis SextetMr Hipster. I  haven’t actually heard the CD but I’ve heard the sextet live enough times and read other reviews to know that it will justify inclusion.
·       Scottish National Jazz Orchestra Culloden Moor Suite. Bobby Wellins composed and is featured on this stand out disc.
·      Scottish National Jazz Orchestra American Adventure. SNJO in America with guests such as Kurt Elling, Randy Brecker, Mike Stern and many others.
·   The Lindsay Hannon PlusThe Spy. Imaginative interpretations of standards, originals and contemporary classics.
·        Tim Kliphuis TrioThe Grappelli Album. Kliphuis pays homage to the other driving force of The Hot Club.
·     Tommaso Starace Quartet Italian Short Stories. An exciting and at times evocative musical portrait of an Italian photographer.
·       Tommy Smith and Brian Kellock Whispering of the Stars. Tremendous duo album by two superb players.
     Vance Thompson's Five Plus Six - Such Sweet Thunder. An offbeat, yet still swinging tribute To Duke, Monk and Dolly Parton!
·      Vasilis Xenopoulos The Wind Machine. “Vasi” has impressed us live on many occasions and this re-working of some big band classics is a classic in its own right.
Apologies to those artists whose discs I haven't included many of which are also deserved of mention.
Lance.

1 comment :

Lindsay said...

Delighted to have our two most recent SNJO CDs listed as well as Tommy Smith / Brian Kellock album - wonderful!! Now here's to 2015 and our 20th anniversary celebrations with some special concerts

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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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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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