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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.

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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

Wed 28: Ragtime Rewind Swing Band @ Assembly Rooms, 40 North Bailey, Durham DH1 3ET. 9:20pm. £8.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event (www.durhamfringe.co.uk).

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

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

Sat 31: Lindsay Hannon @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Lindsay previews new, original material.

Sat 31: jaktar + Johnny Richards @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 8:00pm. JNE promotion.

August

Sun 01: Vieux Carre Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sun 01: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Leeds College of Music graduate guitarist (Masters, Jazz Performance & Composition).

Monday, August 03, 2020

Album review: Pepa Niebla – Renaissance

Pepa Niebla (vocals, compositions); Toni Mora (guitar, compositions); Maxime Moyaerts ( piano); Alex Gilson (double bass); Daniel Jonkers (drums)

An enjoyable CD that 'reflects a New York contemporary jazz influence' (I quote from the notes) which I wish I had the technical know-how to explain better. It sounds like someone walking along a street in NYC, an apparently simple tune on voice, guitar and piano, with unobtrusive backing from the rest, lots of singing with the main melody notes accompanied, and a definite forward thrust to the sound, much repetition of phrases, and a generally very rich, satisfying feel.

That feel is pleasantly consistent throughout, although there were tracks that stood out for me, such as God Bless The Child, which has Ms Niebla cleverly singing over chords only, which gives the listener space to really consider the meaning of the words. Chains, is wholly typical of the New York style. Words If You Allow, is a moving song about leaving behind a love affair without bitterness.

I was not so impressed with  All About Dance, which is said to be about climate change, but the lyrics were rather vague for such a vitally important subject ('rivers hitting bridges linking life connections') although the long solos from piano and guitar somewhat redeemed the track.

Pepa Niebla studied jazz at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and has performed at clubs and festivals around Europe, including the International Jazz Festival of Granada and at BBC Maida Vale Studios. This latest release, follows on from an  earlier album in 2010 and her Billie Holiday tribute, Lady Sings The Blues, in 2013. Seven of the tracks are originals and Green is an instrumental which gives the band free reign, wordless singing from the voice and a guitar solo to steady bass and swishing cymbals and drums.

The album is now available everywhere.
 See www.pepaniebla.com
Ann Alex

Chains; Otro Tiempo; God Bless The Child; Ode To A Family; Renaissance; Lilya; Green; Our Love Is Here To Stay; Words If You Allow; All About Dance

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