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Rickie Lee Jones: "There's lots of music and not so much celebrity. I guess I'll stay here [New Orleans] for a while if it doesn't get washed away in the flood." - (The Observer 18.04.21)

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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.


13,107 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 526 of them this year alone and, so far, 81 this month (April 16).

Bar Manager Required

The Jazz Co-op are looking for an experienced bar manager who can be available to start when The Globe reopens in May.

Preference will be given to a suitably qualified person who lives relatively near to The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD.

Interested parties please follow this link.

Coming soon ...

April 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen are back at The Holystone.

May 20 Maine Street Jazzmen are back at Sunniside Social Club.
May 23: Vieux Carré Hot Four are back at The Spanish City.

June 2: Vieux Carré Jazzmen are back at Cullercoats Crescent Club.
June 7: Jazz in the Afternoon are back at Cullercoats Crescent Club.

Saturday, April 03, 2021

Album review: Clare Foster - Kumbhaka*

I initially viewed this album with mixed feelings. A great selection of standards plus a few originals but, all given a Latin treatment. My mind boggled! Singin' in the Rain as a bossa? I Get Along Without You Very Well as a bolero? I Only Have Eyes For You as a rumba/salsa and I Can't Help Singing - first heard as a semi-operatic workout for Deanna Durbin in the film of the same name - as a chacarera? I ask you!

However, there were two factors I'd left out of the equation, Clare Foster's vocal technique and the arrangements by Shanti Jayasinha and Ms. Foster herself. This turned what could have been just another gimmick that failed into an exciting reinvention of some well-loved tunes.

Admittedly some worked better than others but there were no train-crashes and, in actual fact, some of the numbers that didn't click the first time round came back and hit me like a Tyson Fury right cross when I listened again! It's an album that grows on you with repeated hearings.

Clare Foster has a voice that slots nicely above the Latin rhythms and riffing horns pulsating beneath her. On the fast ones her deft handling of the words threatens to outrun the musicians! On the slows, the emotion is controlled without loss of feeling and her originals are just that.

Jayasinha blows trumpet and has a rather gorgeous cello solo on one of the slower numbers, Mick Foster is also heard to advantage on his various horns as is the Fender Rhodesian Crawford. Sue Davis gives Clare a vocal break on track 11 with a song attractively rendered in Portuguese.

Kumbhaka - The Space Between Each Breath.

"Between stimulus and response there is a space. 

In that space is our power to choose our response. 

In our response lies our growth and our freedom."

Viktor E. Frankl.

Listen to No Moon at All with some nice bass clarinet enhancing the vocal.


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