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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).

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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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Wednesday, March 01, 2017

CD Review: Ralph Towner - My Foolish Heart

Ralph Towner (classical guitar/12 string guitar)
(Review by Lance).
It's never a bad idea to slot in a standard amongst a program of originals. It tells the prospective buyer about the player's mindset and, in My Foolish Heart, he chose wisely. A beautiful tune irrespective of who performs it but, the version by the Bill Evans Trio that inspired Towner is on a par with any instrumental and better than most.

Having said that, Towner's originals lose nothing by comparision. His gentle, probing style, is compelling and far removed from most things that come out of the ECM stable.
Many years ago I discovered Charlie Byrd's Blues For Night People and, until about ten minutes ago, that album was my favourite classical guitar jazz album. Maybe it still is but it's a close call and possibly, after a few listenings, this one could edge it.
The only downside and I doubt if everyone will see it as a downside, is a couple of numbers (Clarion Call & Biding Time) on the 12 stringer. To me, the 12 string isn't a jazz instrument. Great for folk and blues but I don't think it cuts it on an album where the emphasis is on the classical guitar. However, if we are having a couple of tracks on 12 string guitar then, I guess, Towner does it as good as anyone.
Delightful.
Lance.
Available now on ECM.

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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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