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+ A track The Sea, the sky and you & I:

Miles Davis’ All Blues

All Blues . Miles Davis- lyrics Oscar Brown Jnr.

The sea, the sky, and you and I
Sea and sky and you and I 
know all blues.
All shades all hues all blues. 


Some blues are sad, and some are glad.
Dark and sad or bright and glad 
they’re all blues,
all shades all hues all blues.


Colour, a colour the blues are more than a colour.
They are a moan of pain, a taste of strife, a sad refrain
a game which life is playing. 
Blues can be the hidden dues we all are paying here, oh yea.

In a rainbow, a summer day is fair.
A prayer that’s prayed
lament thats made or goodbye said
some shade of blues is there.
Blue, heavens blue
know all blues.


 


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Friday, November 22, 2013

A REVIEW FROM THE PAST

Carol Grimes @ Lauderdale House, London Jazz Festival. November 21.

Carol Grimes (vocals); Dorian Ford (piano);Annie Whitehead (trombone); Neville Malcom (bass);  Winston Clifford (drums).(Review by Flore).‘If you want to get ahead get a hat and head for Lauderdale House’. The temperature doesn’t just dive in Newcastle, North London also has its share of howling winds, and below zero temperatures. 
Carol rapidly  warmed the audience up with red hair flowing topped by a snazzy hat  at a jaunty angle, her way of warning off  winter’s bugs.1. All Blues, already the packed audience were anything but blue.2.Little Sister, with drummer Winston interjecting ‘Call my Name’, who wouldn’t?
3.’Round Midnight, Carol chose Oscar Brown’s lyric, ably philosophising (is there such a word)?………’as one day gets spent we gain another’…….through all this a speedy tempo, but was toned down for some poetry…….’the ghost of Thelonious Monk visits me’……and we are enveloped in a cha cha rhythm to conclude  on a high. By this point the audience were agog!
4.Scars, Fran Landesman lyric, Simon Wallace score. Again very profound lyric, but true to Carol’s inimitable style, delivered  with a twist. How does Annie manage to get her trombone to slide to a whispering finish?5.Innards,  Only Carol could write a lyric naming  parts of the anatomy, and Dorian perform such an alluring solo, punctuated by Annie ‘growling’ ( I was privileged to have a seat behind Dorian which allowed me to  see the silent communication between  the triangle of piano bass and drums).6.The Dance, once again lyric by Carol, music Dorian. Carol said her inspiration came from paintings by Marc Chagall.  This piece was a superb vehicle for solos from all the group. Hope Chagall was tuned into the multi coloured ending to the first set. The audience clamouring to buy the current CD featuring pieces performed.
7.Annie’s Little Red Trombone; Carol was inspired to pen this when Annie  arrived as a party guest  bearing a red plastic(made in China) Trombone.  I couldn’t stop giggling to listen to the lyrics but a lot of ‘red’ was mentioned…..’beetroot salad, red beans’……..comedy  switched to virtuosity with Winston pairing with Dorian on piano, and also scatting  with Neville on bass. 8.But I was Cool;  An open invitation with a blues flavour to let it all hang out, Annie ‘growled’, possibly to draw a veil across some four letter words, Carol’s voice soared to falsetto, a signal for musicians mayhem, ending as it began, being ‘Cool’9.Tree and Me;  Change of mood, Carol introduced this as a favourite of her daughters.  Again, for me the lyric was profound, with the musicians  offering a sound basis, for Carol to then present herself  in a totally different way, once more tongue in cheek
10.New Coat of Paint; Tom Waits. I suspect a very different version to the original. Opportunity for more ‘growling’ from Annie (she does it like no other). In a nutshell -Honky Tonk.11.Ship Building;  Elvis Costello, yet again thought provoking material, delivered  in an upbeat way, turning  the theme upside down, as they say ‘that’s Jazz’12.Rags and Old Iron; I am certain  that this Nina Simone classic was as they say in the trade, a ‘Big Finish’, with all the signs of a mini Musical.  It drew all the threads together, but left the audience hungry for more. 
A stellar choice for the London Jazz Festival.  I take my hat off to Brian Blane for selecting such  a galaxy of stars.  Definitely a case for Keeping Jazz Live.
Floreat 14:30 

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