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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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Sunday, May 07, 2017

Keep an eye out for the Miriam Ast Quintet

Miriam Ast (vocal); James Copus (trumpet); Will Barry (piano); Will Harris (bass); Will Edwards (drums).
Danny Boy, although a longtime fixture in the Great Irish Song Book, is rarely a part of the jazz repertoire and, although I do recall a Ben Webster recording from some years back, it came as somewhat of a surprize to hear it sung in a jazz setting.
London based German vocalist Ast however, after a fairly straight interpretation, takes it on a rollicking ride ‘cross the Mountains of Mourne scatting and improvising like a horn player. Talking of horn players there's some nice trumpet from James Copus.
The other two tracks Miriam sent me are both originals of hers and showcase, not only her compositional capability but also the extent of her vocal range.
There is, I think, a suggestion of contemporary folk in there too.
Apart from Copus’ sympathetic trumpet accompaniment and short solos, Barry provides sound piano backing along with Harris and Edwards.
There is an album in the offing…
Watch this space.
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. Pianist Will Barry was on Matt Roberts' storming gig at the Darlingto Jazz Festival - a top player!

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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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