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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!

Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Postage

15516 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 536 of them this year alone and, so far, 25 this month (June 7).

From This Moment On ...

Fri 09: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 09: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: Castillo Nuevo @ Revolución de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Fri 09: Emma Rawicz @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Sat 10: Miners' Picnic @ Woodhorn, Ashington. Music inc. Northern Monkey Brass Band (3:00-3:50pm); New York Brass Band (4:00-4:55pm).
Sat 10: Jeffrey Hewer @ The Vault, Darlington Covered Market, Darlington. 6:00-8:00pm. Free.
Sat 10: Front Porch Three @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. Americana, blues, jazz etc.
Sat 10: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig.

Sun 11: WORKSHOP: Tim Richards' Jazz Piano Workshop @ JG Windows, Newcastle. Time TBC. Further details tel. 0191 232 1356.
Sun 11: Jeremy McMurray's Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Ropner Park, Stockton TS18 4EF. 2:00-4:00pm. Free.
Sun 11: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 11: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 11: Groovetrain @ Innisfree Sports & Social Club, Longbenton NE12 8TY. Doors 6:30pm. £15.00 (£7.00. under 16).
Sun 11: Jeffrey Hewer Collective @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 11: Jam No. 19 @ Fabio's Bar, Saddler Street, Durham. 8:00pm. Free. All welcome. A Durham University Jazz Society event.

Mon 12: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 13: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. 7:00pm. Paul Skerritt's (solo) weekly residency.
Tue 13: Infusion Trio @ Forum Music Centre, Darlington. 7:30pm.
Tue 13: Alice Grace & Pawel Jedrzejewski @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 8:00pm. £12.00 (£10.00. adv.).

Wed 14: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 14: NUJO Final Jazz Jam @ Bar Loco, Newcastle. 6:30pm. Free. Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra's final jam session of the academic year. All welcome.
Wed 14: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 14: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 14: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 15: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 15: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £2.00. All welcome.
Thu 15: Castillo Nuevo @ Revolución de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Thu 15: Alexander Ord Trio @ Tynedale Beer & Cider Festival, Tynedale Rugby Club, Corbridge. Evening, time TBC.
Thu 15: Têtes de Pois + Nauta @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. Time TBC.
Thu 15: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm. £5.00.

Monday, May 31, 2021

Album review: Miguel Muziq - An Angel's Healing

Miguel Muziq (Michael Panteli) seems to draw from an innumerable amount of ideas, influences and styles, in creating An Angel's Healing; a sensitive, personal, inspired and inspiring work of art. He goes on a musical journey; exploring a variety of feelings linked to loss, acceptance and reconciliation. 

From its gentle, considered intro, rather like a lament, the music engages with some exquisite guitar playing, as well as emotive trumpet phases. The drums and percussion drive the music along at different beats; varying between slower to medium to more up-tempo.

As Miguel continues this musical exploration, his agility and flexibility as an excellent guitarist become evident. His Latin style blends well with Mediterranean influences and his dexterity and expressiveness is most impressive. Sometimes the guitar seems to be asking questions, sometimes it meanders, sometimes it seems to ripple along and sometimes individual notes are played with a beautiful tone.

The whole composition is well realised and although comprising a number of styles, fits together successfully. The other instruments blend brilliantly to create music that is sensitive, moody and exciting. The trumpet can be haunting, dramatic, flowing and gentle, for example. There are fourteen different tracks, which probably attests to the range of feelings Miguel was experiencing, as well as working through the expression of these through the creative involvement of the other musicians. So we can listen to the music, both as a creative and therapeutic process.

As we proceed through the CD, the feeling becomes lighter and more upbeat, celebratory and dance-like. We have salsa, with specific phrasing and the fluid flow of the trumpet. We have carnival, with different drum beats and rhythms, full of movement and energy. We finish with a track entitled Life Goes On, which seems to have a fiesta spirit about it; bringing the CD to a sacred and celebratory finale. You are left wanting more. It lasts around 37 mins. Recommended. Dave Sockett

Release date: June 18. Try/buy.

Miguel Muziq (guitars, synths, percussion); Tivon Pennicott (sax); Keyon Harrold, Yelfris Valdes, Jay Phelps, Jackson Mathod, Eikel Venegas, Andy Hornsby, Christopher Sharp (trumpets); Pablo Martin (trombone); Emannel Harrold, Stefan Brown, Aaron Lawrence(drums); Jansen Santana, Mario Yanez (percussion) Jahmal Nichols, AJ Brinkman (bass) ; Naomi Wilmhurst, Sabina Virtosu (violins); Susie Blankfield (cello).

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