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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 Monday December 18

Afternoon

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 NE30 4QS. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Monday Music Appreciation Social - Cumberland Arms, James Place St, Byker, Newcastle NE6 1LD. 8:30pm. Free. Duke Ellington: The Nutcracker Suite. CD played in full, in the bar.

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

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

CD Review: Arte Del Duo - Mili Bermejo and Dan Greenspan

Mili Bermejo (voice); Dan Greenspan (double bass)
(Review by Ann Alex)
Bermejo hails from Buenos Aires and is a professor of music whilst Greenspan is from New Haven and is a cellist/ freelance bassist.
These two people have made much music over the last 25 years but this is their first CD as a duo. They are a couple in life as well as music, changing their direction after the traumatic events of 9/11, and deciding to live their lives in a manner closer to nature, and doing less music. They have now returned to music.

I have to confess that I have not listened to this jazz influenced CD in its entirety, but simply ‘tasted’ each track, because all the lyrics are in Spanish which I cannot speak, and I’m no expert in exactly what to listen for from the double bass. However I’ve submitted a review because I think this CD would be excellent listening for Spanish speakers, bass players and possibly guitarists and others. The singing is heartfelt and skilled and the bass is a full partner in the music and sometimes guitar-like. Many of the 12 tracks have an environmental theme and there is a brief outline in English on the CD cover, to explain the meaning of each track. For example, La Casa Del Arbol (The Tree House) is explained as ‘when the ills of the world take away my desire to love, I retreat to my secret refuge, where among birds and stars, I recover, becoming whole. If anyone reading this would like to give the CD a worthwhile hearing, perhaps we could arrange to pass the disc on via BSH.

Ann Alex

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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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