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Immanuel Wilkins: "I'm against the notion of telling a story through lyrics. Dialogue or language can take away from the musical meaning. Words can do a disservice." - (The Hot House Jazz Guide January 19, 2021)

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".

Thursday January 21

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HONOR HORNSBY & FRANK GRIFFITH.

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12,377 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 12 years ago. 96 of them this year alone and, so far, 96 this month (Jan. 20).

Monday, October 12, 2020

Single review: Monocled Man - Bernabe Jurado

Rory Simmons (trumpet/keys/electronics & processing); Chris Montague (guitar); Jon Scott drums).

The 12" diameter piece of vinyl is becoming a more and more frequent visitor to my Dansette, much to the delight of some and the horror of others. A rarer specimen is the 7" 45rpm beast formerly known as an EP (extended play).

CDs with a short playing time are often referred to as an EP, but aren't actually the real deal - and nor is this one which is, in effect, a single like what we had back in the old days when Ronnie Scott was bailing out The Beatles on Lady Madonna.

An A side (Sero Max for Joan Vollmer) and a B side (The Raw, Mineral Blue).

Gateshead's Chris Montague blasts effectively in a contemporary vein, Rory Simmons uses the various devices at his disposal although, cross my heart, I prefer him blowing straight trumpet - he gets a great sound. Jon Scott adds his voice as an integral part of the trio. Not content to sit in the corner he is as much a front liner as the other two.

In actual fact, this is one half of an EP the whole being inspired by the true story of William Burroughs' murder of his wife Joan Vollmer in a drunken game of William Tell, and the subsequent defence offered by his lawyer Bernabe Jurado. Reading more about the bizarre circumstances of the killing and Burrough's subsequent life gave me a deeper understanding of the music. It's way out and surreal but so was Burroughs - it seems they built upon each other even though Burroughs died long before the recording.

The more I play it, the more I want to discover Burroughs' writing.

The full EP is available from
 Whirlwind Recordings.

Lance

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