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Dave Holland: "Back then, one of my first gigs was with Wally Fawkes and Johnny Parker at the Crown and Anchor in Islington, playing music that went back to the days of King Oliver. And I've always enjoyed the joyousness of that music, and the sound of everybody fitting together beautifully, improvising together." - Jazzwise, August 2021.

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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

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).

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Album Review: South Florida Jazz Orchestra - Cheap Thrills: The Music of Rick Margitza

There was a time when a band like the South Florida Jazz Orchestra would, perhaps, have been described as a 'territory' band. And that's what it is, based in the Miami area of the Sunshine State. Bands such as the SFJO perhaps don't travel as much as in the past but that's down to the economics of keeping a large ensemble on the road and its personnel holding down day jobs (often teaching jazz to the next generation).  

The South Florida outfit has at its helm Chuck Bergeron. Formed some fifteen year ago and boasting four albums under its belt, this is a mighty fine orchestra. Regularly working with big names - Randy Brecker, Arturo Sandoval and Ira Sullivan to name but three - it can't be anything other than helpful to have Bergeron make that phone call to a friend who just happens to be another 'big name'. This latest project - The Music of Rick Margitza - succeeds in maintaining both the high standard of musicianship and the band's deserved high reputation. 

Margitza conducted a masterclass at the University of Miami which led to Bergeron suggesting the one-time Miles Davis sideman bring along a couple of charts with a view to including them on a recording. One thing led to another, the end result being all but two of the nine tracks on Cheap Thrills were written by Margitza, hence The Music of Rick Margitza. The title track, the opening number, features special guest guitarist John Hart. The album's many first rate soloists are a joy to listen to, supported, as they are, by a swinging rhythm section. Guest trumpeter Brian Lynch shows what he can do on 45 Pound Hound and the closing number, in some ways an incongruous selection - Embraceable You - features a brilliant cadenza by an uncredited member of the five-strong reeds (plus three guests - the aforementioned Lynch, David Leon and Phil Doyle). 

Cheap Thrills is is a fine big band album and would be a worthy edition to the collection of any big band fan or, indeed, the collection of almost anyone who has an interest in jazz.   
Russell

Cheap Thrills The Music of Rick Margitza by the South Florida Jazz Orchestra is available from Summit Records (DCD 757).
    
South Florida Jazz Orchestra: Gary Keller, Gary Lindsay, Ed Calle, Jason Kush, Mike Brignola (saxophones); Greg Gisbert, Jason Carder, Alex Norris, Pete Francis, Augie Hass, Jesus Mato, Jared Hall, John Daversa (trumpets); Dante Luciani, John Kricker, Andrew Peal, Major Bailey (trombones); John Hart (guitar); Martin Bejerano (piano); Chuck Bergeron (acousitc & electric bass); John Yarling (drums) + Brian Lynch (trumpet): David Leon (baritone sax, bass clarinet); Phil Doyle (tenor sax); Derek Pyle (trombone); Haden Mapel (trombone); Xavier Desandre Navarre (percussion)  

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