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Jeremy Pelt: "I'm so much into melodies and into sound, and the presence of sound, that I don't necessarily want to try to play in between the cracks of a note." - (DownBeat November 2020)

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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".

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12,000 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 12 years ago. 1140 of them this year alone and, so far, 87 this month (Oct. 27).

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IT IS ADVISABLE TO CHECK IN ADVANCE WITH THE VENUE THAT THE GIG IS ON.

OCTOBER

THURSDAY 29

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

Abbie Finn Trio - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. Free (donations). Limited capacity (upstairs). It’s Abbie’s birthday!

Maine St Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Sunniside Road, Sunniside NE16 5NA. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:00-10:00pm. Free. Note earlier start/finish.

FRIDAY 30

Neil William & Ben Holland - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm-10:00pm. Free (donations). Limited capacity. Jazz standards from the 1920s & 30s.

SATURDAY 31

Alice Grace & Pawel Jedrzejewski - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm-10:00pm. £10.00. Online booking (to book a table). Limited capacity. Alice & Pav join a multi-bill of entertainers (magician etc) to celebrate Prohibition Bar’s fifth anniversary. SOLD OUT!

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Album review: Massimo Biolcati - Incontre

Massimo Biolcati (bass); Dayna Stephens (tenor/baritone saxes); Sam Yahel (piano/organ); Jongkuk Kim (drums). 


Having spent a lifetime listening to jazz and currently trying to keep up with who's hot and who's getting warmer by the minute I still find new names dropping through the letterbox almost daily. Particularly from Trumpland. Going by what I read in the papers I'm surprised the musicians themselves don't deliver in person.

Biolcati would seem to be a well-travelled musician. Although currently based in NYC his earlier musical adventures were in Sweden and Italy before he embarked on a 5 year stint at Berklee followed by acceptance at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz at the University of Southern California where he studied with, among others, Ron Carter, Dave Holland and Christian McBride.

For Incontre he recruited a strong team of players yet to make a name on this side of the pond. Stephens, an associate from his Berklee days is particularly impressive. His sound on baritone is rich and full-toned - the way a baritone should sound. Biolcati is everything you would expect from a player with his background. You study with Carter, Holland and McBride, you pick up a thing or two. Yahel and Kim are no featherweights either. The former moving seamlessly from piano to B3, the latter creative and driving. Pushing the beat without overtaking it.

An album that I find impossible to fault and yet, such is the globalisation of jazz today that I can think of several UK bands to match it and not all of them are in London which can't be a bad thing. All we've got to do now is find somewhere for them to play either here or over there.

Lance.

Try/buy.

Hello I Lied*; Boo Boo's Birthday (Monk); Smile (Charlie Chaplin); Everybody Wants to Rule the World (Orzabal, Stanley, Hughes); Duke Ellington's Sound of Love (Mingus); Incontre*;How's Never (Holland); Fellini*; Birthday Song, Almost*.

* Biolcati original.

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