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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.


13,073 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 492 of them this year alone and, so far, 47 this month (April 9).

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.

Tuesday, April 06, 2021

Album review: KNIMES* ACOUSTIC GROUP - Adventures in Improvised Music

knimes (drums/compositions); Jose Cervera (alto sax/flute); Yiannis Marinos (trombone); Ignacio Santoro (bass).

A tasty piece of   vinyl  consisting of six original compositions by knimes (Mattijs de Ridder) and brilliantly executed by an international quartet - knimes (Netherlands); Santoro (Argentina); Marinos (Greece) and Cervera (Spain).

knimes is described by his alter ego (de Ridder) as being a ''Genre blurring composer and producer who never neatly fits into one box. The music he makes is heavily influenced by his ongoing journey, exploring rhythms and sounds. His willfulness and strong need to improvise, together with his skills as a drummer, shape his sonic explorations. The result is the documentation of his continued adventures in music.''

If the above all sounds a bit heavy, don't go away yet as, in actual fact, whilst the above all applies, that musical journey which began in Den Haag also encompassed New Orleans and NYC. Those influences are in the mix.

Sure, it's free and boundary pushing but Jericho has yet to tumble. There's hints of the darker side of Ellington and Mingus as well as the futurism of Ayler and Kenny Garrett, not to mention his own visions of the future...

The two horns are outstanding, Cervera dances up and down the alto pushing it to the limit as he finds noises not every player knows how to find! He also makes nice sounds on flute. Marinos gets an earthy sound, growling like Tricky Sam or Jimmy Knepper, driven along by knimes' unrelenting attack and held in place by Santoro's rich, sonorous bass.  If the Mulligan Quartet had arrived 50 years later, chances are they would have sounded something like this.


* KNIME meaning.

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