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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).

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).

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Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 22 in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Today Friday May 26

Afternoon
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Paul Wilkinson - St. Nicholas Cathedral, St. Nicholas Square, Newcastle NE1 1PF. 1:05pm. Retiring collection.
Mark Williams/Joel Byrne McCullough - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Ruth Lambert Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm, £7 (£6 in advance.)
Hand to Mouth (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - High Friars Lane (Tyneside Cinema), Free, al fresco, 8pm. food and drink available.
?????????? - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8pm. Free.
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Imelda May - Sage Gateshead. 7pm. £38.20/£27.30 VIP Option £104.
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Ushaw College, nr. Durham. 7:30pm. £7.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

CD Review: Alexis Cairns – This is New to Me

Alexis Cairns (tenor saxophone), Al MacSween (piano), Emlyn Vaughan (double bass) & Kris Wright (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Occasionally, for a variety of reasons, a CD review will bypass Bebop Spoken Here’s all-too-busy editor. Alexis Cairns’ 2011 debut recording This is New to Me is one of them. A graduate of the fertile Leeds scene, Cairns’ album comprises ten original compositions. A bold approach, if ever there was one, to forego at least one or two standards, Cairns had a trump card, maybe two, up her sleeve in being a writer of melodic tunes and in recruiting three fine musicians to work on the project.
The titles of the ten tracks are somewhat enigmatic. The first of them – Third Time Lucky – is an example; perhaps a third, successful take in the studio, or just as likely, something altogether different! Whatever its origin, Kris Wright’s brisk opening drum pattern lays a foundation on which Cairns states the theme, setting up a first solo opportunity for pianist Al MacSween. Just Izz hits on a bass and drums shuffle-funk groove followed by a ballad – the eponymous This is New to Me – which illustrates the range of material on the album recorded at Saville and Chrome Studios, Leeds.
That’s How It’s Gonna Be swings melodically (Wright using brushes), The Visitor takes a lyrical direction with tenor vibrato evident and, in a further twist, Flux Capacitor recalls a smokin’ Ray Charles session. Driving Force takes off in unexpected directions with more than a hint of James Brown about it (an arrangement for horns would be interesting!) led by bandleader Cairns. The CD closes with two lyrical numbers on which Emlyn Vaughan demonstrates his not inconsiderable talents. Indeed all four musicians contribute to Alexis Cairns’ promising recording debut.
Russell.
For further information visit: www.alexiscairns.wordpress.com                                               

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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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