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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'"

The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.

Postage

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

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).

Monday, September 22, 2014

CD Review: The Microscopic Septet - Manhattan Moonrise

Phillip Johnston (sop/comp); Don Davis (alt); Mike Hashim (ten); Dave Sewelson (bar); Joel Forrester (pno/comp); Dave Hofstra (bs); Richard Dworkin (dms).
(Review by Lance).
The Microscopic Septet, NYC's Fave Purveyors of Swing, Roar Back into the Limelight with Manhattan Moonlight, an Album of 21st  Century Tunes Dedicated to their Beloved Manhattan. So reads the album notes and, after listening to the music within, it's my Beloved Manhattan too. 
It's a Broadway musical, a Mike Hammer novel, The Bowery Boys, Yankee Stadium, Birdland, Greenwich Village, the East River, and 52nd St. - most definitely 52nd St - in one glorious mix. This is Bebop and Harlem Stride, Duke and Dizzy even Coltrane and Ornette as heard by these guys in 2014.
Four saxes, blending together in perfect harmony and soloing with the panache of a Bojangles dance routine. A swinging trio lay down the foundation for the horns with co-leader/composer Forrester supplying 8 of the 12 originals and Johnston the other 4.
Sure, sometimes it's a walk on the wild side but it's also a melodic meander through Central Park.
Forrester described the band thus: "I've always considered that the Microscopic Septet presents an outward show of being a 'revival outfit'; but what we attempt to revive... never existed. A revival of the future then?" 
A revival of the future - I like that and I  love the album!
The Microscopic Septet - Manhattan Moonrise is available on Cuneiform Records.
Lance.

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