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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 Tuesday May 23

Evening
Davina & the Vagabonds - Sage Gateshead. 8pm. £18.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
Zoe Gilby: Pannonica - The Fox Inn, West End Tce., Hexham NE46 3DB. Free. 9pm.
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Monday, November 07, 2016

CD Review: Jeff Collins - The Keys to Christmas

Jeff Collins (keys); Sam Levine (sax); Steve Patrick (flog/tpt); Jason Webb (B3) and others.
(Review by Lance).
The first and, hopefully not the last of the Xmas CDs - they make lovely place mats and drink coasters and, you can never get enough of them over the holiday period. The downside, of course, is you feel obliged to listen to them which could put a damper on any Christmas soiree.

This one is, mercifully, without any vocals and, in truth, quite easy listening. I say 'easy listening' without any malicious intent for that is what it is. Laid back, it's a jazzified mix of the familiar, the over-familiar and the rarely heard. In the latter category is The Man With the Bag - a catchy ditty that helped Kay Starr, who sadly, died this week, to buy her Christmas presents back in the early 1950s.
I suppose I'll maybe play it again on Christmas eve/day then file it away for next Christmas by which time another dozen will have come along. With all these extra place mats and coasters, I'll have to throw a bigger party next year...
Released on October 7 (shop early for Christmas) the album comprises the following tracks: Hark the Herald Angels Sing; Oh Come All Ye Faithful; Joy to the World; Baby It's Cold Outside; The Man With the Bag; God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen; Linus and Lucy; Go Tell it on the Mountain; Mary Did You Know?; Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow; What Are You Doing New Year's Eve; Carol of the Bells; O Come, O Come Emmanuel.
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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