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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".

'606' Club: "A toast to Lance Liddle of the terrific jazz blog 'Bebop Spoken Here'"

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13,508 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 926 of them this year alone and, so far, 90 this month (July 27).

From This Moment On

Wed 28: Ragtime Rewind Swing Band @ Assembly Rooms, 40 North Bailey, Durham DH1 3ET. 9:20pm. £8.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event (www.durhamfringe.co.uk).

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone North Tyneside. 1:00pm.

Thu 29: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.

Sat 31: Lindsay Hannon @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Lindsay previews new, original material.

Sat 31: jaktar + Johnny Richards @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 8:00pm. JNE promotion.

August

Sun 01: Vieux Carre Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sun 01: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Leeds College of Music graduate guitarist (Masters, Jazz Performance & Composition).

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

CD Review: Ran Blake/Sara Serpa - Aurora

Ran Blake (piano); Sara Serpa (voice)
(Review by Ann Alex)
This CD is a very unusual take on some lesser-played jazz standards, with some original material.  It was described to me as a CD of ‘Jazz Lieder’, which is quite a good explanation of what to expect.  It reminded me of Stephen Sondheim, free jazz, Portuguese fado, cabaret, all rolled into a package with some humour added.
Sara Serpa has a pleasing sweet and soulful voice and Ran Blake is highly skilled and experienced.  His career spans six decades and he is involved in improvised music and education.  Serpa is a relative newcomer and this is their second album together.  I liked some of the tracks, found some a bit far out for my taste, but it seemed that these two are genuinely trying something new.  I’d recommend this to lovers of free jazz.
The most entertaining track is Moonride, an amusing narrative about a meeting with a moonman and the most obscure number is probably Mahler Noir, written by Blake himself, a melancholy semi-classical instrumental with references to American show tunes.  In fact the album has a melancholy feel which is intriguing, with tracks following each other without much of a break between.  Saturday is bleak and meaningful; Dr Mabuse is sung with vocalise alternating with piano; Strange Fruit is sung unaccompanied with sensitivity, but becomes a little too operatic towards the end. 
The Band Played On is done lightly with humour; Fine And Dandy is dissonant, and the pace varies.
This CD probably deserves to be played more than once if the listener isn’t sure about it the first time.
Issued on Clean Feed CF 264
Ann Alex   

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