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Jeremy Pelt: "I'm so much into melodies and into sound, and the presence of sound, that I don't necessarily want to try to play in between the cracks of a note." - (DownBeat November 2020)

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".

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11,993 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 12 years ago. 1133 of them this year alone and, so far, 80 this month (Oct. 24).

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OCTOBER

SATURDAY 24

CANCELLED!

Air4ce - Platform 1, East Bedlington Community Centre, Station Road, Bedlington NE22 7JN. Tel: 01670 628808. 7:45pm (7:00pm doors). Tom Atkinson’s Air4ce celebrating the life & music of Ginger Baker. Email for ticket info: air4ce2020@gmail.com. CANCELLED!

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Paper Moon Trio - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm-10:00pm. Free (donations). Limited capacity. Featuring Jude Murphy. Word out is that guitar legend John Wilson is making a rare appearance - Wow!

SUNDAY 25

Vieux Carre Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Tel: 0191 691 7090. Free.

David Gray Flextet - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7DN. 8:00pm. Tickets: £7.50. (limited capacity) SOLD OUT! Register for the live stream (£5.45.) at: www.jazzcoop. Five-piece band playing straight-ahead, hard bop & beyond!

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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