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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".

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12,393 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 12 years ago. 112 of them this year alone and, so far, 112 this month (Jan. 23).

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Everything's up to date in Kansas Smitty's - Live stream - Nov. 24

Giacomo Smith (alto sax); Kit Downes (piano); Ferg Ireland (bass); Jas Kayser (drums). (Screenshot by Ken Drew)

I was late getting to the party so that when I got there it was in full swing in fact it was Bouncing With Bud. Fortunately, Giacomo informed us of what had gone before so I was up to date on the titles if not the actual content.

It didn't matter, what I heard spoke for itself. Giacomo blew alto like I'd never heard him blow before - he was having what seemed to be a "once in a lifetime moment" although, in truth, it's probably an "every night moment" for GS! He soared like an eagle or maybe just a Bird - just!

Kit Downes on piano proved that today's jazzers aren't in a stylistic bubble - to use one of the current buzz words - but can turn their hand to whatever the gig demands. On the inside or on the outside Kit can cope. Brilliantly I might add on tonight's showing.

Ferg, like all good bass players, holds it all together whilst new kid on the block Kayser is sending a lot of older drummers back into the woodshed!

A great set.

Lance

Pannonica; Skating in Central Park; All or Nothing at All; Bouncing With Bud; I Loves You Porgy; Barracudas; Seven Steps to Heaven.

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