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Bebop Spoken There

Gil Goldstein: "The first three days I was in Florida, I heard Jaco Pastorius play at a club in Fort Lauderdale, and then I heard Pat [Metheny] play in a class on jazz composition. My whole experience of the world changed in those three days." - (DownBeat, March 2020).


The Things They Say!

Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".

Today Wednesday February 26


Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.


Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Darlington Big Band - Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Longfield Road, Darlington DL£ 0HX. Tel: 01325 380401. 8:00pm. Free.

Blues/Soul/Funk etc.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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Monday, March 05, 2012

CD Review: Robert Glasper Experiment - Black Radio

Robert Glasper (Pno/Rhodes), Casey Benjamin (Sax/Fl/Vocoder), Derrick Hodge (Bs), Chris Dave (Dms) + Special Guests.
After seeing him live with his trio at the Gateshead International Jazz Festival in 2008, I wanted to head back to the shed and practice even harder to get to those level of chops and flexibility to adapt to any time. Nevertheless, I'm getting there!
Robert Glasper releases his definable energy time after time. This record is an opportunity to show the 'young' uns' that jazz is still hip, cool and modern. My first impression was that this is a pop record; collaborations with different vocalists and rappers with their own unique sound and message. Hip Hop is core to Glasper's life since attending the New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music (New York City) and subsequently becoming close friends with singer Bilal.
This record was pleasurable from start to finish. It never lost it's subtlety or groove. BLACK RADIO is about love, happiness and hope, not gangs and guns. Opening with an atmospheric 6/8 groove and sound effects reflecting the title of the album; consequently, giving one the impression they are listening to the radio. "All you need is your ears and your soul". I think this means 'sit back, relax and enjoy the show'. Glasper plays in the bacground, echoing Ahmad Jamal and Sam Rivers.
Strict hip hop beats dominate the album; tightly knit by Chris Daves - one of the most versatile and reputable musicians out there today. Derrick Hodge does a great job of giving the drums the kick it needs to make the beats perfect, and holding Glasper's stack of notes. The standout song for me was "Afro Blue", featuring Erykah Badu on vocals. Her distinctive voice sounds gentle but in no way is it fragile. I admired the flute closing Badu's sentences during the verse and Glasper's fills did not spoil Erykah delicacy, but in many ways supporting it. Another standout was Casey Benjamin's sax solo at the end of "Cherish The Day". It provided a contrast to the simple, diatonic melody of the song; double timing and chromatism. Finally, Glasper's rain of quintuplets during the chorus of "It's Gonna Be Alright" was heart fluttering!
Harley Johnson. 

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