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Bebop Spoken There

Dave Gelly: “From 1 January 1920, when prohibition was imposed in the US, people didn’t stop drinking, they just stopped drinking legally.” – (Jazz Journal October 2017).

Regina Carter: “When I was a teenager, I would daydream about going out on a date and dancing to Ella’s music.” (Down Beat October 2017).

Today Wednesday November 22

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.

Evening
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.

Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).

The Village Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.

BBC Big Band - Middlesbrough Theatre, The Avenue, Middlesbrough TS5 6SA. 01642 815181. 7:30pm. £24.50.

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Thursday, November 09, 2017

CD Review: Stacey Kent - I Know I Dream - The Orchestral Sessions

Stacey Kent (vocal); Jim Tomlinson (tenor) + 58 piece orchestra.
(Review by Lance).
Yet another woman singer although Stacey Kent is hardly just 'another woman singer'! Over the years, with a shelf full of highly acclaimed albums, her position near the top end of the pecking order is undisputed and this latest one only serves to consolidate that position.
The voice is as silky and appealing as always, not least when she sings in her impeccable French. The nuances of that language, to me, seem to lend themselves to jazz almost as much as the varying shades of the American accent do. Often more so.
The idea of a 58 piece orchestra may seem a daunting prospect to both singer and listener.
Not so. 
The arrangements are so skilfully crafted that singer and strings are as one and when Jim Tomlinson floats in on tenor one can't help but think of those albums that Stan Getz made with Eddie Sauter; Jim has that Getzian fluidity about his playing. The tenor playing husband of Ms. Kent also wrote four new compositions with lyrics by Kazuo Ishiguro as well as co-producing (with, among others,  Tommy Lawrence) and conducting the orchestra. Not bad going for a guy raised in Hexham.
There's also some Brazilian numbers evoking the Gilberto/Getz/Jobim era and a lovely relaxed take on That's All.
Well worth checking out an album by a singer who sets the standard for many would be singers (irrespective of gender) to aspire to.
Double Rainbow; Photograph; Les Amours Perdues; Bullet Train; To Say Goodbye; Make it Up; Avec le Temps; I Know I Dream; La Rua Madureira; Mais Uma Vez; That's All; The Changing Lights.
Lance.

1 comment :

Hugh said...

"Not bad going for a guy raised in Hexham" - but he was head boy at Queen Elizabeth High School!

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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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