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Walter Trout: "I don't know why John Mayall put up with me for so long. But I've been sober for 32 years now, not a beer nor a joint," - (Blues Matters! Aug/Sep 2020)

Teddy Wilson: "Mildred Bailey was a much better singer than Billie [Holiday]." - (DownBeat August, 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".


11,740 (and counting) posts since we started blogging just over 12 years ago. 880 of them this year alone and, so far, 17 this month (August 4).

Coming soon ...


Thursday 6: Vieux Carre Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone, North Tyneside NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free. OUTDOOR gig.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Neil Swainson - 49th Parallel Mini Documentary

This is a brief peek at a forthcoming gem. Gem is hardly strong enough to describe a band with Joe Henderson and Woody Shaw in the front line backed up by Neil Swainson and his two fellow Canadians - Gary Williamson on piano and Jerry Fuller, drums but, for the moment it will have to do.

The album was recorded back in 1988 and, going by the snatches I've heard, it is an absolute cracker. The idea seems to be that the Reel to Real Recordings company have decided to release it as a deluxe gatefold, 180-gram LP, Exclusively for Record Store Day on August 29, 2020, on either sides of the Atlantic.

Deluxe CD and digital/streaming will also be available on September 11, 2020. 

I'm not quite sure what will be deluxe about the presentation but one thing is without question, the music itself will be deluxe and beyond!

If and when Ernesto, our man in Toronto, gets the whole shebang to me and I can listen intently then, this will surely make August 29 a Record Store Day worthy of the name!

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