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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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13,073 (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.

Monday, April 05, 2021

Album review (sort of): Kamasi Washington - The Choice

Kamasi Washington (tenor sax)+ 16 others, a 27 piece orchestra and 13 member choir.

One way to pass a wind blasted Bank Holiday is to read the Wikipedia entries on your favourite musicians. Whilst reading the Kamasi Washington discography I saw a reference to The Choice, a five track EP with an accompanying date of 2018. Not recognising the recording I looked it up on Amazon.co.uk and saw no mention of it there. Nothing on Amazon.com either. Following the Wikipedia link for The Choice I found out that I already had it, I just didn’t know it.

At this point I should apologise in advance if everybody already knew this and I’m the only one who didn’t until today. The Choice is, in fact, an extra disc hidden in the middle of Heaven and Earth, Washington’s 2018 album. Examining my CD copy of the album, I saw perforations down one side of the central section when the cover was fully opened out. Gently cutting through these perforations with a kitchen knife, (please see photograph of reconstruction) gives access to the hidden disc.

The Choice is an album length collection (38 minutes plus) and has the full battalion of musicians that appear elsewhere on Heaven and Earth. For the avoidance of doubt, these are completed pieces of music not demos or false starts. Vinyl versions also contain The Choice as an extra fifth disc. It is not clear from the Wikipedia entry and associated references, most of which date to 2018, whether or not the extra disc is available with every physical copy of the album or just came with early editions. It is not included as part of the album download but is still available from the usual streaming services.

It’s not often that I encourage people to set about their record collections with a carving knife, but this time, it’s worth the effort.

Dave Sayer

Available as part of Heaven and Earth on
Shoto Mas/Young Turks.

The Secret of Jinsinson (Washington); Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow (Goffin/King); My Family (Washington); Agents of Multiverse (Washington); Ooh Child (Vincent).

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