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Fergus McCreadie: "I think a lot of the best music is very political, and there are so many things going on in the world that I'm constantly angry at. But for me making music is not the space for that" (Jazzwise July 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:"Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Postage

14362 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 581 of them this year alone and, so far, 81 this month (June 26).

From This Moment On ...

June

Mon 27: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 28: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Dean Stockdale, Paul Grainger, Sid White.

Wed 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 29: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 29: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 29: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 30: 58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 30: Lights Out By Nine @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:30pm. Free.
Thu 30: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 30: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

July

Fri 01: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 01: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 01: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 01: Swing Manouche @ The Vault, Hexham. 7:30pm (doors). £20.00.
Fri 01: 1920s Speakeasy w live jazz @ The Exchange, North Shields. 8:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Fri 01: Struggle Buggy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. Blind Pig Blues Club. 8:00pm.

Sat 02: Hot Fingers @ St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. £10.00.
Sat 02: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor Steve Glendinning: Latin jazz. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 02: Talk: Storytelling & jazz as an expression of urban life @ The Exchange, North Shields. 1:45pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sat 02: The Commandments + On Parole @ The Exchange, North Shields. 2:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Rhythm & blues.
Sat 02: Geordie Jazz Man @ The Exchange, North Shields. 5:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Screening of Abi Lewis’ documentary film about Keith Crombie & the Jazz Café.
Sat 02: The Delta Prophets Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 6:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Rhythm & blues.
Sat 02: Swing Manouche @ Claypath Deli, Durham. 7:00pm.
Sat 02: Swung Eight & King Bees @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Swing dance + ace Chicago blues band.
Sat 02: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Greenside Community Centre, Ryton. 7:30pm.
Sat 02: Patrick Cromb @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 03 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 03: Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 03: TBA @ The Exchange, North Shields. 2:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Wild Women of Wylam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 4:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 5:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jazz Jam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 6:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 04: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Friday, October 09, 2020

Album Review: San Gabriel 7 Featuring Femi Knight – Red Dress

I remarked in a previous review that the album in question lacked 'bite': the songs on this download have 'bite' in spades and more so. Seven original songs and two live performances of songs by other writers, spirited lyrics about the lives of 21st century women, written with wit, intelligence, humanity, and also memorable 'hook' lines for good measure. The musical style is towards the funky, R&B end of jazz, but the horns supply a goodly measure of jazz influence in their solos. 

The San Gabriel 7 formed in 2006 and have been gigging around southern California, but they now wish to take their music further afield. This is their 10th album, on which they have teamed up with singer, songwriter and keyboardist Femi Knight (aka Dawn Bishop). The band have played with some of the biggest names in the music business and Ms Knight has a long association with Sergio Mendes.

A songwriter who can find a rhyme for Chicago ('Zhivago') wins every time in my book! This is from the song The Next Best Thing, about a woman who is trying to sort out her ideas, 'grabbing on to anything', which she does to a Latin beat. West Indian Brown (Red Dress) is a sort of celebration of the dress, with a funky, gospel feel and a skilled interlude from the horns;  New Tomorrow, about starting again, is Brazilian tinged, with a lively trumpet solo.

The two live performances, recorded at the Cal Tech Jazz Festival, When A Woman's Has Enough and Never Make Your Move Too Soon are blues style, and Ms Knight invites the audience to dance on the latter track, which I would have done if it had been earlier in the evening! 

I could write more about the fun I had listening to this album, but I'll leave readers to listen for themselves, at www.sgsjazz.com. Click on to the YouTube link, then the link for this album.

Ann Alex

I'm Going Home Tonight;
Give A Little; West Indian Brown; When A Woman's Had Enough; New Tomorrow; The Next Big Thing; Stranger; Never make Your Move Too Soon; The Next Big Thing (radio edit)
 

Knight (vocals, songwriter); Chad Edwards (keys, Hammond B3 most tracks); Matt Weisberg (Keys 4,8); Chris Gordon (piano 6, background vocals 2); Steve Gregory (guitar); Jonathan Pintoff (bass); Randy Drake (drums); Scott Breadman (perc); Mike McGuffey (trumpet 2,3,6,7); Jeff Jarvis (trumpet, flugel (1,3,5); Kye Palmer (trumpet (4,5,8); Glen Berger (tenor, alto sax); Jim Lewis (trombone).

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