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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

13,645 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1264 of them this year alone and, so far, 91 this month (Oct. 27).

From This Moment On ...

October

Thu 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 28: J Frisco @ Newcastle University. 1:15pm. ONLINE ONLY (YouTube).
Thu 28: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 28: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 28: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 29: James Birkett & Bradley Johnston @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 29: Boys of Brass @ Anarchy Brewery, Benfield, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Halloween Special!

Sun 31 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon..
Sun 31: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. .
Sun 31: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Jam session..
Sun 31: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 31: Spooky Jazz @ The Shed, Wylam Library..
6:00-7:30pm. Free, collection for Parkinson's UK.
Sun 31: Alison Rayner Quintet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

November

Mon 01: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 03: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 03: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 03: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 03: Washboard Resonators @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Thu 04: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 04: Yussef Dayes Experience @ Wylam Brewery, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 04: Nishla Smith Quintet @ Bobik’s, Punch Bowl, Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Thu 04: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 7:30pm.
Thu 04: After Hours Jazz Jam with Jason Holcomb @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 04: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 04: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Friday, October 25, 2019

CD Review: Carmen Souza - The Silver Messengers


Carmen Souza (guitar/piano/vocals); Benjamin Burrell (piano); Theo Pascal (bass/bass guitar); Elias Kacomanolis (drums/perc) + Zoe Pascal (drums); Jonathan Idiagbonya (piano); Sebastian Sheriff  (perc).
(Review by Lance).

A perky tribute to Horace Silver by a London based Cape Verdean singer. Although it is anything but reverential in approach, the end product is  probably worth the somewhat different take on Silver's music that Souza embarks on.

Silver also had a Cape Verdean heritage so perhaps he would approve of this fusion of jazz and Cape Verdean rhythms and influences. It's quite hypnotic with a kind of Latinish disco feel and certainly danceable as well as being ok on the ear too.

Souza's vocals have a whimsical edge to them, a laid back sound over a pulsating rhythm, that sort of grabs you the way, in a different context, that Chet Baker, Blossom Dearie and Shirley Horn did.

You're not going to hear the Jazz Messengers, despite the title, but don't let that put you off. The pianists and the rhythm section convey their own message and, of course, Carmen delivers it.

Señor Blues is sultry, the way she rolls her 'rs' -  senorrrritas fall for him - is particularly sensuous. Methinks a cold shower is called for! 

Many of the lyrics are in Portuguese which only adds to the mystique.

The music is great (including a couple of originals by Souza and Theo Pascal alongside the nine Silver standards) as long as you aren't expecting a trumpet/tenor hard bop blast. It's billed as jazz/world music which more or less pigeon holes it. It remains for you, the listener, to define where you think it belongs.

Jazz? World? - I'll settle for Music!
Lance.

Soul Searching; The Jody Grind; Señor Blues; Nutville; Lady Musika; St. Vitus Dance; Pretty Eyes; Kathy; Song For my Father; Cape Verdean Blues; Silver Blues.
Available today October 25 - usual suspects.

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