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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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13,348 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 766 of them this year alone and, so far, 40 this month (June 11).

From This Moment On

JUNE

Fri 11: Faye Aspinall @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Solo, ‘postmodern jazz singer’.

Sat 12: Tribute to Gerry Hughes (Tees Hot Club) @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 12 noon (jazz 2:00-3:30pm). £5.00. Outdoor event. Details from 01642 823813.

Sun 13: Vieux Carré Hot Four @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay (12 noon).

Sun 13: Sunday Jazz @ The Radio Rooms, Berwick (2:00pm).

Sun 13: Charlotte Keeffe Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. (8:00pm). £10:00. Advance booking essential at: www.jazz.coop.

Friday, May 14, 2021

Album review: Alex Conde - Descarga for Bud

Alex Conde (piano); Jeff Chambers (bass); Colin Douglas (drums); John Santos (perc.) + Sergio Martinez (Cajun/Djembe); Mike Olmos (trumpet); Jeff Narell (steel pan); Jose Luis de la Paz (guitar). 

The problem is how to pay tribute to a legend whose own versions have set the benchmark way beyond the reach of any mere mortal?

Spanish pianist Conde met the problem head on and came up with a solution that respected both tradition and innovation - add a touch of Latin!

It worked beautifully bringing a new dimension to the music that Bud himself may have found had he lived longer ...

That is something we'll never know but, what we do know is that Alex Conde has done justice to Bud's compositions, reinterpreting them without taking anything away from the originals. The Latin percussion giving them that little difference, helped along on two tracks by Mike Olmos' trumpet who, although not (yet) Fats Navarro, could certainly have helped out had Fats had to go and see a man about some horse! 

A tribute yes, but also a powerful statement in its own right as to Alex Conde's ever increasing status in the world of jazz.

His previous album in what looks like becoming a series was Descarga for Monk. After Descarga for Bud, who will be the next in line for a Descarga? Hank Jones? Bill Evans? McCoy Tyner? Fellow countryman Tete Montoliu? maybe even Stan Tracey... time will tell but, whoever he chooses, they will be done proud - like Bud - they will be bouncing in their grave!
Lance

Available via usual suspects from May 28.

The Fruit; Oblivion; Bouncing with Bud; Dusk in Saudi; Wail; Parisian Thoroughfare; Hallucinations; Tempus Fugit; Celia.

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