Tuesday, November 26, 2013

A little earlier than it has been in the past few weeks, my blog info for the week!

And in reverse order to my usual one, first of all a CD I have enjoyed again this week.

One of Nigel Prices, this time with singer Georgie Manciao. It is a beautiful and minimalist CD with only the addition of bassist Julie Walkington. One could argue that it is late night listening (which it can be and very comfortable for that time of night it is too) but it is a cracking listen for any time of day. Nigel is a very thoughtful accompanist to a singer with a delightful voice and I found the album quite captivating. A lot of well know tunes, all made to sound as though they had never been performed before. “ That Old Black Magic”, “Moonlight in Vermont”, “Come Rain or Shine” (the albums title song), are all songs that we thought we knew, but now performed with such delicacy that you wonder why you had never really listened to them before. It’s on Roomspin Records as number 41. You my have to contact Nigel to get one, but it is 47 minutes of uncomplicated music. Uncomplicated that is unless you try to play the guitar notes yourself!! www.nigelprice.biz could be your starting point.

Next an advert for another persons gig!!

On Sunday Night at Norden Farm from 7.30pm you can enjoy Five Star Swing. Hedsor Jazz has 2 links to this band. Justin Swadling plays in it, and he has played for us a couple of times at Hedsor. AND from time to time, our bass player Ken Rankine plays in the band. Band leader pianist Colin Smith has asked for a plug so here it is. Well worth another night out.

Before then and also at Norden Farm on Friday, Tina May will be performing. If you have yet to get your tickets ring the box office now!

Norden Farms week can be found at


Back to CD’s again. I have an unopened copy of John Coltrane’s complete Atlantic Recordings. This is a box set of 7 CD’s called “The Heavweight Champion”. Amazon have it  £71.99, with a reference to some used copies at £34.99. If some one would like to make me an offer I can’t refuse, then the set could be yours.

Finally (or even ultimately) this weeks gig at Hedsor Jazz has, in addition to the full Clive Burton Quintet a wonderful guitarist from Reading, Jez Cook. This should be a lovely evening of first class jazz, all for half the price of a Norden farm evening, i.e. just £6. If you haven’t been to Hedsor Jazz for a while (and I KNOW that many of you haven’t!), why not come for this one.

Finally and finally, I still have tickets for our Christmas Party on December 19th, which has Tina May as our star guest. They are £10 each, and you need to buy your ticket BEFORE the night to ensure you get in. We only have 85 tickets in all.

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