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Neil Hopper, House of the Black Gardenia: "We had the idea when we first started that we would be like Tuba Skinny or something, but that didn't really suit us." - (NARC November 2020)

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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".

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12,000 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 12 years ago. 1140 of them this year alone and, so far, 87 this month (Oct. 27).

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OCTOBER

FRIDAY 30

Neil William & Ben Holland - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm-10:00pm. Free (donations). Limited capacity. Jazz standards from the 1920s & 30s.

SATURDAY 31

Alice Grace & Pawel Jedrzejewski - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm-10:00pm. £10.00. Online booking (to book a table). Limited capacity. Alice & Pav join a multi-bill of entertainers (magician etc) to celebrate Prohibition Bar’s fifth anniversary. SOLD OUT!

Monday, May 11, 2020

CD Review: Samoa Wilson w. Jim Kweskin Band - (I Just Want to be) Horizontal.

There's a real twenties/thirties feel to this that manages to blend classic jazz with just a suggestion of Americana resulting in as delightful an album as you're likely to hear either side of the Mason/Dixon Line.

Bessie, Billie and Ella rub shoulders with The sons of the Pioneers, Something Smith and the Redheads - even Danny Kaye - who all inspired a lot of the material. Samoa also sings the verse to some not overworked standards. However, the most intriguing number is the title track originally recorded in 1946 by the Pat Flowers Band with vocal by Bunty Pendleton in what was, amazingly, her only known recording.

Samoa Wilson has the ideal voice for it - New Orleans meets Nashville in NYC. It's raunchy and yet sultry on the ballads.

Leader Kweskin, 80-year-old when it was recorded and better known as the leader of a Jim Kweskin Jug Band, adds his own vocal chops to Samoa's on a couple of numbers as well as playing rhythm guitar and some fingerpicking solos that were fingerpickin' good!

Mike Davis is a name familiar to those who attended last year's Classic Jazz Party in the Village Inn and he's equally impressive here. Lichtman has a lovely, fluid clarinet sound and Paloma Ohm plays alto with an almost Johnny Hodges-like grace. Drummer Brown, the blurb tells us, worked in his own band with Samoa for two years playing standards and torch songs in a mob joint in Boston, lighting up happy hour. But why am I singling out individuals? It's a band that gels and all combine to make this an album that will appeal to fans of several different genres.
Lance
Available June 12 (Kingswood Records, LLC).

Samoa Wilson (vocals); Jim Kweskin (vocals/rhythm guitar); Titus Vollmer (guitars/ukulele); Mike Davis (trumpet); Paloma Ohm (alto sax); Dennis Lichtman  (clarinet/fiddle/mandolin/alto sax); Sonny Barbato (piano/accordion); Matthew Berlin (bass); Jeff Brown (drums) + Sean Read & Mattie Read Clarke (backing vocals on At Ebb Tide)

After You've Gone; (I Just Want to be) Horizontal; Trust in Me; I Cried For You; The Candy Man; Inch Worm; That's Life I Guess; Until the Real Thing Comes Along; Me, Myself, and I; Our Love is Here to Stay; Kitchen Man; At Ebb Tide, Lover Come Back to Me; Easy to Love; He Ain't Got Rhythm; I Wished on the Moon; Someone Turned the Moon Upside Down.

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