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Bebop Spoken There

Hugh Masekela: “I advise every kid to check out their past because without a past you are in limbo.” (Songlines December 2017)

Leo Richardson: “I think your image is really important. You look at those old Blue Note recordings and you look at the liner note, the booklet and they’re in the studio and they’re wearing shirt and ties. They used to wear suits all the time.” – (Jazzwise December 2017/January 2018)

Submissions for review

Whilst we appreciate the many emails, texts, messages and other communications we receive requesting album/gig reviews on BSH, regrettably, we are unable to reply to them all other than those we are able to answer with a positive response.
Similarly, CDs received by post will only be considered if accompanied by sufficient background material.
Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance

Today December 14

Afternoon

Interim Recitals (Final Year Music Students) - Recital Room, Armstrong Building, Newcastle University NE1 7RU. Inc. Ben Richardson (jazz piano) 10:00am.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Christmas Swing w Danny Reed - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. 7:00pm. £18.95.

Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter’s Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. Tel: 0191 488 8068. 8:30pm. Free.

Tees Hot Club w. guests - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

Durham University Big Band - Riverside Bar, Dunelm House, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3AN. 8:30pm (doors 8:00pm). Free admission. The band’s ‘Jazzy Christmas 5’.

WCEA Big Band - Whitburn Church of England Academy, Whitburn SR6 7EF. Tel: 0191 529 3712. 7:00-9:30pm. £4.00. (£10.00. family of three). Tickets must be purchased in advance by December 8th. ‘Christmas Swing-a-long’ to include school choir. Whitburn Academy competes regularly at the annual Great North Big Band Jazz Festival.

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

Friday, December 26, 2014

CD Review: Woven Entity

Lascelle Gordon (perc/electronics); Patrick Dawes (perc); Paul May (dms); Peter Marsh (bs) + on several tracks; Ben Cowan (keys/electronics); Julie Kjaer (alt/fl); Alan Wilkinson (alt).
(Review by Lance).
Releases on the Babel Label are rarely straight ahead and this is no exception. Woven Entity are described as a freewheeling expanded rhythm section who cook up a rich, strange brew of psychedelic jazz, electronic explorations, ethnological and unstoppable ritual grooves - I guessed it was something like that!

In truth, it's unfair for me to pass any form of judgement on this as it's so far beyond my comprehension of what jazz means to me that I should really have passed it on to one of my more visionary colleagues. However, they have a backlog of reviews to catch up on (hint, hint) so it's up to me to bite the bullet!
I'll take the easy way out and draw on the blurb.
C358X: Flurries of exotic percussion and a woozy, sourly cosmic synth skirt round each other, much like Sun Ra crashing an Art Ensemble of Chicago session.
Me=You: Morphs somewhat unexpectedly from a bracing free jazz workout for balafon, bass, drums and bongoes into a deep, insistent groove that might just lure the more adventurous listener to shake a tailfeather or two.
And so it goes on - not for me I'm afraid but, then again, I'm a guy who takes an umbrella with him on a sunny day so perhaps I need to throw caution aside and risk getting drenched - it could, like the music here, prove to be exhilarating - maybe!
Released on Babel BDV 13123 on Dec 15, 2014. Check it out here.
Lance.

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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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