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

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

CD Review: Diana Krall - Turn Up The Quiet.


(Review by Lance)
A day after the Ella centenary we return to the current First Lady of Song - Diana Krall. Eleven GASbook classics - love songs, so sensual that it makes me wish I was Elvis Costello. 
And if the voice wasn't enough there's the piano playing. At times, reminiscent of the King Cole Trio which isn't surprising given that most, if not all, of the songs have been associated with the late Nat and Krall has recorded tributes to him in the past. There's also a slight suggestion of George Shearing in Isn't it Romantic? But, most of all, it's Diana's personal identity that stands out.
Three different groups and all with outstanding players. The voice and bass (McBride) duo chorus that kicks off Like Someone in Love is pure magic and the guitar-work by all three pickers is exemplary.Check out Malone on Blue Skies; Ribot on Moonglow and Wilson on Sway.
Not surprisingly, her former mentor Alan Broadbent arranged a gorgeous version of Dream. Appropriately enough, Dream, preceded by No Moon at All, is the penultimate track before the album concludes with I'll See You in my Dreams which I most certainly will tonight.
An album for lovers - lovers of cool, laid back, vocal jazz.
Other tracks: L-O-V-E; Night and Day; I'm Confessin'. - dig the piano on this latter track!
Available on Verve Records May 5.
Lance.
Diana Krall (vocal/piano); Christian McBride (bass); Russell Malone (guitar) + strings on several tracks. Alan Broadbent arranged Dream.
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Krall (vocal/piano); Stuart Duncan (violin); Tony Garnier (bass); Marc Ribot (guitar); Karriem Riggins (drums).
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Krall (piano/vocal); Anthony Wilson (guitar); John Clayton Jr. (bass); Jeff Hamilton (drums).

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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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