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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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13,645 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1264 of them this year alone and, so far, 91 this month (Oct. 27).

From This Moment On ...


Thu 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 28: J Frisco @ Newcastle University. 1:15pm. ONLINE ONLY (YouTube).
Thu 28: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 28: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 28: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 29: James Birkett & Bradley Johnston @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.

Sun 31 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon..
Sun 31: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. .
Sun 31: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Jam session..
Sun 31: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 31: Spooky Jazz @ The Shed, Wylam Library..
6:00-7:30pm. Free, collection for Parkinson's UK.
Sun 31: Alison Rayner Quintet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.


Mon 01: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 03: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 03: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 03: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 03: Washboard Resonators @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Thu 04: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 04: Yussef Dayes Experience @ Wylam Brewery, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 04: Nishla Smith Quintet @ Bobik’s, Punch Bowl, Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Thu 04: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 7:30pm.
Thu 04: After Hours Jazz Jam with Jason Holcomb @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 04: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 04: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Thursday, April 08, 2021

Album review: Steven Feifke Big Band - Kinetic

A humdinger of a swinger featuring some of NYC's finest which, in effect, means the world's finest!

It may have been Feifke's first album as a big band leader but he's described on the blurb as "One of the most in-demand artists of his generation" and on the strength of this album it's easy to see why. Pianist, composer arranger absolutely the tops.

The band too is up there and so it should be. This is no hastily assembled ensemble put together by a succession of emails, texts, phone calls and carrier pigeons but a unit that played a monthly residency for almost two years at The Django down in the depths of the Roxy Hotel in Lower Manhattan. The pandemic put a stop to bands of this size operating in the small, almost cave-like room. Nevertheless, hopefully, they will return.

In the meantime this album will do nicely thank you very much!

Apart from the leader, who is featured on  four tracks and composed and arranged most, the solos are evenly shared out with 14 of the musicians getting on the score-sheet for at least one track. One of our vocal favourites, Veronica Swift, is heard On the Street Where You Live and Until the Real Thing Comes Along - it already has Veronica!

The soloists are superb so, not surprisingly, is the section-work. All the saxes double on clarinets and flutes and some of the scored passages for the latter two instruments are breathtaking. Benack lll and Medd have a couple of workouts on trumpet and Edwards blows trombone whilst Veronica is strolling down the street where I live (if only!) and Gutauskas is heard impressively on baritone. The Sphynx has Pino stretching out on tenor as if there was no tomorrow. To quote the notes "Gonsalves to Feifke's Ellington."

No need for me to say that big bands are back - they've never been away!


Available from tomorrow (April 9) from usual suspects or direct from Steven Fiefke..

Kinetic; Unveiling of a Mirror; The Sphinx; Until the Real Thing Comes Along; Word Travels Fast; Wollongong; Nica's Dream; On the Street Where You Live; Midnight Beat; Closure.

Steven Feifke (piano); Andrew Gould, Alexa Tarantino, Lucas Pino, Sam Dillon, Andrew Gutauskas (reeds); Max Darché, John Lake, Benny Benack lll, Gabriel King Medd (trumpets/flugels); Robert Edwards, Jeffery Miller, Amando Vergaro, Jennifer Wharton (trombones); Alex Wintz (guitar); Dan Chmielinski (bass);  Jimmy Macbride, Ulysses Owens Jr., Bryan Carter, Joe Peri (drums) + Alex LoRe (alto sax on 1 track); Veronica Swift (vocals on 2 tracks). 

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