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Orrin Evans: “I’d like to see a younger audience and an audience that looks more like me at the clubs.” – (Down Beat November 2014).

Kevin Flanagan: "Besides, I'd got sick of playing jazz to people who looked like my father." - (Straight No Chaser Issue 0ne Summer 1988.)

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Today Friday August 18

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Levee Ramblers New Orleans Quartet - Tynemouth Metro Station, Station Tce., Tynemouth NE30 4RE. 1pm. Free.
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Evening
Kentucky Cowtippers - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
Ray Johnson & Richard Herdman - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling St., Gateshead NE8 2BA. 8pm.
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Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

CD Review: ISQ - Too

Irene Serra – vocals; Richard Sadler – double bass; Chris Nickolls -  drums; John Crawford – piano.
(Review by Debra M.)
‘Too’, the second album from Irene Serra’s quartet, is a collection of 8 original songs, with well-penned lyrics largely musing on various aspects of relationships.  Serra’s  warm, bluesy & delicate voice remains to the fore throughout,  with the relatively restrained John Crawford on piano supplementing with riffs & chords in the background. 
In contrast, Richard Sadler’s  double bass gives  melodic counterpoint, and is  particularly effective in the second track ‘Falling Stars’, where he also  plays one of the few solos on the album.  The melancholic ‘Tears of a Clown’ stands out, with delicate and spacious backing from the trio.  In ‘Zion’,  Chris Nickolls grooves  a  rhythmic dynamism,  which may be why it has been selected as a single release.  Crawford finally lets loose in the last track ‘Light and Shade’, allowing his colleagues on drums & bass to develop the dynamic of the trio.  Maybe the limited use of improvisation  reflects the  quartet’s ‘development of   their crossover sound’, but some of these tunes  may  benefit from a little more musical exploration, and would  be more compelling as a consequence.
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.
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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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