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Elkie Brooks: “He [Eric Delaney] was most surprised I could sing ‘Misty’ which is quite a big ballad.” – (R’N’R November/December 2017)

Norma Winstone: “I think a lot of young musicians are doing good stuff and trying to find a way, but I think it’s more difficult now because there’s no funding.” – (Jazzwise December 2017/January 2018)

Today Saturday February 24

Afternoon

Nikki Iles Masterclass - Music Department, Durham University, Palace Green, Durham DH13RL. 1:30pm. £.3.00. Open to the public as observers.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hardwick Arms Hotel, 1 North End, Sedgefield TS21 2AZ. Tel: 01740 622305. 1:30pm. Free.

Evening

Billy Bootleggers All-Star Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Customs House Big Band - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. Tel: 0191 454 1234. 7:30pm. £12.00.

Mighty Smokin’ Spitfires - Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. 8:00pm (doors). £10.00. Augmented line-up: David Blakey (trumpet), Lloyd Howell (perc.).

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

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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