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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".

'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.

Postage

13,490 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 908 of them this year alone and, so far, 72 this month (July 23).

From This Moment On

Fri 23: Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord @ Gala Theatre & Cinema, Durham. 1:00pm. Tickets: £6.00. + £2.00. bf. Tel: 03000 266 600.

Fri 23: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 7:30pm.

Fri 23: Helen Anahita Wilson & Shahbaz Hussain @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 8:00pm. SOLD OUT!

Fri 23 - Sun 25: The Globe Summer Festival @ The Globe, Newcastle. Multi-genre bill (jazz inc. Tenement Jazz Band, Nishla Smith). Various ticket options (live stream option available) see: www.jazz.coop.

Sat 24: Youth Ensembles present St Cuthbert Suite @ Sage Gateshead. 7:30pm. Composer Paul Edis conducts Folkestra, Jambone, Quay Voices & Young Sinfonia in a new arrangement of his St Cuthbert Suite. AVAILABLE ONLY AS A PRE-RECORDED STREAM ON YOUTUBE AT 7:30PM.

Sat 24: Simon O'Byrne & Paul Grainger @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 25: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sun 25: Emma Johnson's Gravy Boat @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl Hotel, Newcastle. 3:30pm.

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone North Tyneside. 1:00pm.

Thu 29: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Album review: Kemuel Roig - Genesis

In case anyone was in doubt, a glance at the personnel will give them a strong indication of where the inspiration for the music comes from - Cuba!

Of all the Latin countries, and I include Brazil in this wide statement, none has merged its indigenous music and rhythms with jazz as seamlessly as Cuba whilst, at the same time retaining its identity. The proof, if proof were needed, can be found in this exciting album.

Pianist Roig, who spent the past 8 years touring with Arturo Sandoval, came to the United States as a 12 year old in 2002. Although this is his first jazz release under his own name over the past 18 years living in Miami he has appeared and recorded with names such as Al Di Meola, Isaac Delgado and Brian Lynch among others. His piano work delights as he traces his Cuban roots and traditions to the present time.

As in so much Cuban music the trumpet plays a major role. Padron's feature on Pare Cochero (which translates as "stop coachman") transports us to the streets of Havana at jazz festival time. Brecker's equally virtuosic performance on Conversation takes us back to the mainland but hey! Miami's almost Cuba si?

Ed Calle has a tenor blast on All God's Chillun Got Rhythm and  Mercy Brass provide extra power here and on several other tracks. Chris Potter kicks in with more tenor on Inner Urge and Milton Sesenton provides the orchestral string backing on All For You with the compulsive percussion reminding us where we are.

Café Con Leche is mainly piano blended with some spiky double bass. Maybe it's coffee shop music but it's coffee to die for.

Kendrick (Blessed Child) is dedicated to one of the pianist's two sons and is suitably emotional. The Prayer reflects Roig's spirituality and, no surprise, has a gospel feel about it building up to a powerful climax that left me quite breathless and not sure whether I wanted to go to church or to Cuba.

Lance

Kemuel Roig (piano/keys/perc); Randy Brecker, Julio Padron, (trumpets); Chris Potter, Ed Calle (tenor sax); Alain Perez, Joel Hermandez (vocals); Lowell Ringel (bass); Hilario Bell (drums/perc); Jose "Majito" Agulera (perc) + 

Mercy BrassOsvaldo Fleites, Gerardo Rodriguez ; Bayron Ramos (trombone); Roylan Vazquez (tenor sax); Milton Sesenton (orchestra/arranger/conductor).

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