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More from Jazz Monthly:

Jack Cooke: "...neither Giuffre nor Jim Hall are even adequate jazz musicians, they are technically limited, and more importantly, seem unable to improvise logically" - (Review of a JATP concert. Jazz Monthly May 1960)

Michael James: "...if Ellis [Herb] has merits they are definitely not these [fantastic fire and drive]". - (Review of Herb Ellis Meets Jimmy Giuffre (LP). Jazz Monthly May 1960).

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Today Tuesday October 17

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Black Bull, 98 Front St., East Boldon NE36 0SG. 1pm. Free. 0191 5365127. 5th of 6 consecutive gigs. 2 mins from East Boldon metro.
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Evening
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
Jam Session - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free. James Harrison on piano.
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Saturday, July 04, 2015

CD Review: Brianna Thomas - You Must Believe In Love

Brianna Thomas (vocal); Allyn Johnson (piano); Yasushi Nakamura (bass); Ulysses Owens Jr. (drums). Also featuring on some tracks: Russell Malone (guitar) Marcus Printup (trumpet); Wycliffe Gordon, Nick Grinder (trombones); Tivon Penticott (tenor sax); Riza Printup (harp)
(Review by Ann Alex).
Ms Thomas, from Peoria, Ill. has sung with jazz greats such as Clark Terry and Wynton Marsalis both at home and abroad as well as being a jazz educator teaching in New York City schools. 
This is her debut CD.
A varied selection of songs - standards such as Bye Bye Blackbird and Duke Ellington’s Daydream; Stevie Wonder’s Never Dreamed You’d Leave In Summer; You Must Believe In Spring (Michel LeGrand); and 4 original songs, including the entertaining Bree’s Blues -  sung in a pleasing, ‘smokey’ toned voice accompanied by musicians who, needless to say, are well up to the job.

Personally, I found some of the tracks unappealing as the distinctive style of singing didn’t really grab me. Too much pointless scatting, too fussy and over-dramatic.  I’m even tempted to say that Ms Thomas is a better song writer than performer, as her own songs were rather good.  The guest soloists did well, especially the unusual harp on Lover Of My Soul; this song was a love song (original) with a hymn-like quality. Another original I Should Have Known included a Wycliffe Gordon trombone solo which sounded as if the player was talking through the instrument.  This was very skilled playing but I’m afraid I found it rather disconcerting – other tracks had trombone solos which were more pleasing, straightforward and even tender-sounding.
The tracks I did enjoy included Daydream, with its long effective piano solo; In A Mellow Tone, which was very mellow, particularly the Marcus Printup trumpet solo: Stardust, with just voice and bass; Bree’s Blues and You Must Believe In Spring, which was sung to guitar only.
The CD was issued on Sound On Purpose Records on May 26. See www.briannathomas.com
Ann Alex.

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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.)
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