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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.
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13,822 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1239 of them this year alone and, so far, 66 this month (Oct. 18).

From This Moment On ...

October

Wed 20: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 20: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 20: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 20: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 8:00pm.

Thu 21: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 21: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Bar Loco, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra.
Thu 21: Alter Ego @ St James' & St Basil's Church, Newcastle 7:30pm.
Thu 21: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 21: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 22: Mick Shoulder Quartet @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Quartet featuring Alex Clarke (BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year finalist).
Fri 22: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: Paul Edis Trio w Ruth Lambert @ St Cuthbert's Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.
Fri 22: Michael Feinstein @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Fri 22: Peter Morgan Trio @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 23: Mary Coughlan @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sat 23: Têtes de Pois @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 24 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 24: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 24: Voices of Virtue Gospel Choir @ The Globe, Newcastle. 4:00pm.
Sun 24: Milne Glendinning Band @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 25: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 26: Classic Swing @ Ship inn, Monkseaton. 1:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the band’s weekly residency will be fortnightly until further notice.
Tue 26: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 8:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the Black Swan’s fortnightly jam session.

Monday, October 05, 2020

Album review : SKELTR - Dorje


Sam Healey (alto sax, vocals, keys); Craig Hanson (drums)

A heady brew from the Manchester club scene, a duo matching acoustic sax and drums with electronica, in a swirling journey from groove jazz through dance to rap and back.  Designed and built no doubt for live club spaces, still enjoyable at home, with sub-woofer working overtime! Skeltr live up to their name,  as even though they move through some pleasing changes of gear, the overall mood is relentless and energetic. This is in keeping with the album’s name, Dorje, Tibetan for a Buddhist artifact (Healy is a devotee) based on a “battle club” of legendary hardness and invincibility. No wonder there is a palpable mood of triumphal and joyful confidence!


Their blurb promises  “sumptuous, technically prolific saxophone solos” and while Healey can certainly blow, only in the final number did I feel he convincingly moved away from repeated formulaic surging arpeggios and scales.  Numbers like Brailia set up portentous, layers of synth bass, with sizzling ride, loops and dance beats, overlaid with swirling sax. There are echoes of Mehliana – the Mehldau Giuliana synth-drums duo, but without the quirky subtlety.


Siren uses changes of gear well, with exhilarating and energetic runs climaxing to a more relaxed groove topped off by soaring wordless vocals from guest Hayley Walker (think Dark Side of the Moon).  More variety is achieved on KinKai’s Question,  featuring famed Manchester rapper KinKai after a tension building synth intro. I enjoyed the final track Nesodden most, with Healy hitting authentic, impressive and moody sax lines - did I detect some Norwegian folk melodic fragments here, reflecting the name?  


An engaging and fresh listen, which will no doubt appeal more to a younger and hipper audience than me. All credit to Ubuntu Music and Skeltr for exploring new fusion, and opening up new audiences – I’m not sure I have the energy to keep up with them but I’ll certainly keep an ear open for where they go next!


Chris K


Release: October 9. Format: CD/Digital  on Ubuntu Music

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