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Bebop Spoken There

Pat Thomas: “He’s definitely one to watch, he's going to be a breath of fresh air for the jazz scene. What I like is he [Xhosa Cole] plays like Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins - you don't hear anybody come from that. He knows tunes like "Fried Bananas" by Dexter Gordon and he can play free as well." - (The Wire September 2021)

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".

'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.
Ann Braithwaite (Braithwaite & Katz Communications) You’re the BEST! --

Postage

13,685 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1102 of them this year alone and, so far, 46 this month (Sept. 13).

From This Moment On ...

September

Fri 17: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 17: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 17: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 17: Abbie Finn's Finntet @ Traveller's Rest, Cockerton, Darlington. 8:00pm.

Sat 18: Baghdaddies @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sat 18: David Gray Trio @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 19: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 19: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Westbourne Road, Hartlepool TS25 5RB. 1:00pm. South Durham Social Club aka Steelworks or Steelies. New venue for Teesside's premier big band.
Sun 19: Hand to Mouth: Lindsay Hannon & Bradley Johnston @ St James' & St Basil's Church, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 19: Green Tangerines + Knats @ Punch Bowl Hotel, Newcastle. 3:30pm.
Sun 19: Alice Grace Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 20: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 22: Darlington Big Band @ Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public)
Wed 22: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Celebrating TITTB's 20th anniversary & Dave Weisser's forthcoming birthday! Limited gig tickets (£1.00.). Free live stream. www.jazz.coop.

Thu 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 23: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall 8:00pm. .
Thu 23: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Sunniside, Gateshead. 8:30pm. .

Fri 24: Sue Ferris Quintet @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: FILM: Jazz on a Summer's Day + Swing Bridge Trio (in the bar) @ Forum Cinema, Hexham. 7:00pm.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

CD Review: Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra - Down a Rabbit Hole

(Review by Dave Brownlow) 
Ayn Inserto, a brilliant composer/arranger who’s reputation has gradually increased since lodging her first ensemble in 2001. Her innovative writing is fresh, imaginative, inspired, full of surprises and unlike anyone else in the current scene. Once a pupil of the late Bob Brookmeyer, I can detect his influence here and there, but her own unique style is now fully formed with an abundance of ideas.

Three and Me: Features the three main soloists - Jones, Fedchock and Garzone in a typically complex piece. The strong rhythm section holds down an aurally-different base as themes and counter-melodies emerge and depart amongst organised “disorder.”


BJ’s Tune: A vehicle for Jones the trumpeter, arranged by Ayn and showing a style favoured by Brookmeyer where the theme is fragmentary – short musical ideas, linked by muttering drums as Jones’ melodic trumpet solo wends its way through richly null orchestral statements.

Mister And Dudley (the names of Fedchock and Wharton’s pet dogs) catch the mood of two playful, friendly animals where frisky theme statements combined with a fluent trombone solo from Fedchock form a swinging saunter in the park.

Down a Rabbit Hole: A composition first heard on his 2015 release Home Away From Home. We tumble around a supercharged descent down a magical vortex of a rabbit hole with seemingly endless strands of music bursting forth in an imaginative ‘wonderland’. Garzone features here with a forceful, authoritative contribution shouted on by dramatic figures from brass and reeds.

Part 1: Ze Teach and Part2: And Me is the two-part centrepiece of the CD. Firstly, a haunting theme in a swinging medium tempo is imaginatively delivered, introducing Randy Pingrey’s thoughtful solo in three segments. As usual, unexpected harmonies abound throughout.
Part2: And Me – somewhat Brookmeyer influenced – A powerhouse statement driven by the uncompromising rhythm team. Again, melodic fragments are introduced and developed in a complicated but joyous framework for Chase on soprano and Stone on alto to solo through. ‘Fiendishly difficult’ parts are seemingly effortless for this band. I’m impressed!

I’ll Be There – the Motown song – is completely re-imagined by Ayn as a gentle, warm, reflective ballad begun by a ‘Debussian’ piano intro from Yeager, then Claassen on flugel (the melody), the agile Rosenthal on trumpet and some exquisite writing for the clarinets to bring this album to a quiet close.

Crazy like a fox, Inserto has created her own musical Wonderland with her orchestra, a sensational universe easily accessible with a little step down a rabbit hole…” says the press release: I couldn’t put it better myself.
Dave B.
CD available now on Summit Records DCD 732 from: www.ayninserto.com

Ayn Inserto (leader, composer, arranger); Jeff Claassen, Bijon Watson, Dan Rosenthal, Matthew Small (Trumpets); Randy Pingrey, Chris Gagne, Garo Saraydarian (Trombones); Jennifer Wharton (Bass Trombone); Allan Chase, Rick Stone, Kelly Roberge, Mark Zaleski, Kathy Olsen (Reeds); Eric Hofbauer (guitar), Jason Yeager (piano), Sean Farias (bass), Austin McMahon (drums) + guests: John Fedchock (trombone); George Garzone (tenor); Sean Jones (trumpet)
On Track 5: Mike Tomasiak (tenor); Jerry Sabatini (trumpet); Tim Lienhard (trombone); Jamie Kember (bass trombone)


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