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Farewell Blues

R I P Terry Shannon - November 5, 1929 - October 29, 2022
R I P Oliver Soden - ? - November 6, 2022
R I P Top Cat Daphne - ? - November 24, 2022.
R I P Louise Tobin - November 11, 1918 - November 26, 2022

Bebop Spoken There

Kenny Barron: "During the pandemic I got to do a lot more cooking. As long as you can read you can cook." - (DownBeat December, 2022)

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!

Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Postage

14845 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 1094 of them this year alone and, so far, 93 this month (Nov. 30).

From This Moment On ...

November

December
Sat 03: Jake Leg Jug Band @ St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. £10.00.
Sat 03: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: Liane Carroll. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 03: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 6:00pm.
Sat 03: Remi Harris & Tom Moore @ Amble Parish Hall, Northumberland. 7:30pm.
Sat 03: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. Xmas party.
Sat 03: Ray Johnson, Richard Herdman & Jude Murphy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free (donations).

Sun 04: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 04: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 04: Remi Harris & Tom Moore @ Bowes & Gilmonby Parish Hall, Co. Durham. 7:30pm.
Sun 04: Liane Carroll @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00. adv., £12.00. door.
Sun 04: Let Spin + Ceitidh Mac @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl, Jesmond, Newcastle (8:00pm).

Mon 05: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 05: Sia Ahmad & Raymond MacDonald @ Blank Studios, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Tickets: £5.00. from www.seetickets.com. Live recording session - note no late admissions. BYOB.

Tue 06: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (table reservations 0191 386 5556). Feat. Johnny Murphy (keyboards).

Wed 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 07: Jam session @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 12 noon-3:00pm.Free. New!
Wed 07: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 07: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 07: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Last one of the year, resuming Jan 26.
Thu 08: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 08: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm.
Thu 08: Christmas Crooners @ Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm.
Thu 08: Musicians Unlimited @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. £5.00. on the door.

Fri 09: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon. £25.00. 'Afternoon Jazz with Festive Lunch'.
Fri 09: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 09: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: Jason Isaacs @ Northern Rugby Club, Gosforth, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £25.00 (inc. two course Xmas meal). Isaacs performing with backing tapes.

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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