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Curtis Stigers: “I’m a jazz singer. I’m not a saxophonist. When I stand in front of a band like the Danish Radio Big Band or Ronnie Scott’s, I usually tend to leave the instrument on the stand.” – (The Northern Echo 20 July 2017)

Tamsin Austin, Director of Performance Programme, Sage Gateshead: “SummerTyne is our largest festival and we absolutely love it!” – (The Northern Echo 20 July 2017)

Today Saturday July 22

Afternoon
SummerTyne Americana Festival 2017 - Sage Gateshead. Day two of three. Details. From 12 noon all day.
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Evening
Steve Glendinning (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
The Hookahs - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Big Chris Barber Band - Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. £21.50/£20.50.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

CD Review: Liane Carroll - The Right To Love

Liane Carroll (vocals/piano); Mark Edwards, Malcolm Edmonstone (piano); Mark James (guitars); Kirk Whalum (sax); Loz Garratt, Roger Carey (bass); Ralph Salmins, Russell Field (drums)  Which tracks each musician played on is not stated.
(Review by Ann Alex).
Blogmaster Lance handed me this CD for review, casually declaring that I’d have few problems in dealing with it, but he failed to mention that it was a real gem. He gets so many of these CDs, poor lamb. I reckon that the 27 bus should do the next review.  But less of this nonsense.  Liane Carroll, a resident of Hastings, is a stellar singer and pianist (classically trained from the age of 3), whose vocals are ‘deeply soulful, wonderfully honest’, as quoted by The Times newspaper. The Right to Love is Ms. Carroll’s tenth CD, and it was produced and recorded by James McMillan in his studio in Hastings.
The album concerns many different facets of love, some of them unusual. Skylark concerns hopeful beginnings, with a soulful sax opening and some clever vocal scat; The Right To Love was written originally about the taboo of interracial marriage; It’s a Fine Line is a jazz take on a Nashville country song; If You Go Away, a beautiful song of insecure love, is performed very sensitively with tasteful piano and striking nature images in the lyrics. Then comes You Don’t Know What Love Is, with a superb guitar solo, and honest lyrics about ‘love that cannot live yet never dies'; there’s an atmospheric feel on the song Goin’ Back and this is followed by Stevie Wonder’s Lately, with a tasty piano and guitar duet. The happiest song on the CD is Georgia On My Mind, cheerfully scatted, which I believe to be about both a woman and the USA state; then comes an interesting Tom Waits number, In The Neighbourhood, led by guitar, a description of a run-down neighbourhood, which somehow manages to sound like a place you could nevertheless love. The final track is heartfelt, voice and piano only, I Get Along Without You Very Well, heartfelt because it is sung about Ms Carroll’s Mother, who died last year. The lyrics mean the opposite of the title, of course. 
The CD is due to be released on July 28, 2017, on Quiet Money QMR0004, and if you care to travel, there are launch shows at Hastings on July 22 and at Soho's  Pizza Express on August 1 and 2 [both nights sold out].
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.
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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