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Bebop Spoken There

John Scofield: "I like architecture that lends itself to improvisation." - (Jazzwise November, 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

13,837 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1254 of them this year alone and, so far, 66 this month (Oct. 23).

From This Moment On ...

October

Tue 26: Classic Swing @ Ship inn, Monkseaton. 1:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the band’s weekly residency will be fortnightly until further notice.
Tue 26: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 8:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the Black Swan’s fortnightly jam session.

Wed 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 27: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 27: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

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.

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: Alison Rayner Quintet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

November

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

Thursday, May 14, 2020

CD/Vinyl Review: Miguel Zenón - SONERO The Music of Ismael Rivera

Miguel Zenón (alto sax); Luis Perdomo (piano); Hans Glawischnig (bass); Henry Cole (drums).


The CD came out in 2019 and, somehow or other, got shuffled to the bottom of the pile - an unforgivable oversight for which I apologise. However, it has now been released on limited edition vinyl which gives me the opportunity to correct the error of my ways and seek out the Grammy nominated CD which is every bit as good as the critics over at DownBeat, Jazziz, Jazz Times and others rated it to be.

My  problem I think was the fact that, to my eternal shame, I'd never actually heard the late Puerto Rican singer Ismael 'Maelo' Rivera (1931 - 1987) who was the inspiration for the album plus a glance at the Spanish titles suggested a bland Latin affair.

Latin - yes, bland - emphatically not! Zenon blows some wild alto over pulsating Latin rhythms with not a bossa nova in sight.

Rivera was a salsa king, his vocal improvisations in the genre absolutely the best as I found out for myself when I checked him out.

Zenón has the same approach on alto taking the listener on a Caribbean cruise over some stormy waters and some tranquil seas. An eclectic mix that never fails to excite. 

Perdomo, Glawischnig and Cole slot in to the manner born combining with the leader  to make this an album and a band to reckon with.
Lance

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