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Ferg Ireland: “I was very ignorant about early jazz - it's bizarrely skirted over in jazz education." - (Jazzwise, September 2021)

The Things They Say!

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.
Ann Braithwaite (Braithwaite & Katz Communications) You’re the BEST! --

Postage

13,698 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1115 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (Sept. 17).

From This Moment On ...

September

Sun 19: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 19: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Westbourne Road, Hartlepool TS25 5RB. 1:00pm. South Durham Social Club aka Steelworks or Steelies. New venue for Teesside's premier big band.
Sun 19: Hand to Mouth: Lindsay Hannon & Bradley Johnston @ St James' & St Basil's Church, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 19: Green Tangerines + Knats @ Punch Bowl Hotel, Newcastle. 3:30pm.
Sun 19: Alice Grace Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 20: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 22: Darlington Big Band @ Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public)
Wed 22: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Celebrating TITTB's 20th anniversary & Dave Weisser's forthcoming birthday! Limited gig tickets (£1.00.). Free live stream. www.jazz.coop.

Thu 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 23: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall 8:00pm. .
Thu 23: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Sunniside, Gateshead. 8:30pm. .

Fri 24: Sue Ferris Quintet @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: FILM: Jazz on a Summer's Day + Swing Bridge Trio (in the bar) @ Forum Cinema, Hexham. 7:00pm.

Sat 25: Silent Music Seeing Sound + Spinningwork @ Newcastle Arts Centre. 6:30pm. Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music (NFOJIM).
Sat 25: Knats @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 26: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon. .
Sun 26: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. .
Sun 26: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 4:00pm. .
Sun 26: David Gray Flextet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. .
Sun 26: Nubiyan Twist @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

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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