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Faye McCalman: "For a while I would hear other artists and feel that I need to be like that person, have what they have; but then I realised that everyone has their own thing and what I connect with most is when I can tell an artist is just being themselves." - (Jazzwise July 2021)

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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.


13,367 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 785 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (June 16).

From This Moment On


Thu 17: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead (8:30pm).

Fri 18: Jazz Jamaica @ Sage Gateshead (8:00pm).

Sat 19: Jude Murphy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle (8:00pm).

Sun 20 Knats @ The Globe, Newcastle (8:00pm). Advance booking essential: SOLD OUT. Livestream available from £7.50.

Mon 21: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). POSTPONED!

Wed 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). POSTPONED!

Thu 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside 1:00pm).

Thu 24: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead (8:30pm).

Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Album review: Ojoyo - Ojoyo Plays Safrojazz

Yesterday Hebburn Town won the FA Vase, so it seemed like more than coincidence that the opening track on this album, which arrived today, should be called Station Road Strut - Station Road being one of the main streets in Hebburn. That this particular Station Road is actually in Cape Town and was originally recorded in 1996 doesn't make it any less of a coincidence!

The title, Safrojazz gives a fair indication of what it's all about - Township jazz, merged with its American counterpart, at its best. South African born Goldberg, in fact, had a long association with the legendary Hugh Masekela and he shines, not only on alto but on penny whistle. Don't let anyone tell you that you can't play jazz on a whistle - just let them listen to Goldberg.

Chris Botti too is a revelation. Not the cool, easy listening, player he's often pigeonholed as but a fiery trumpet player who you wouldn't want to lock horns with on a jam session. Likewise Tenconi who blows some searing tenor on Sophiatown Society.

It's an album that's ideal for listening or dancing. Such hypnotic rhythms that I found it difficult to keep still - I guarantee you too will be shaking your booty!     

Available May 28  on Sunnyside Records (samples shortly).

Station Road Strut; Forward Motion; Harare; Madagascar; Dolphin Jive; Little Song; Cape Doctor; Rockwela; Sophiatown Society.

Tracks 1 - 7: Morris Goldberg (alto sax/penny whistle); Anton Fig (drums); Bakithi Kumalo (bass); Chris Botti (trumpet); Cyro Baptisto (perc.); Tony Cedras (keys) + Dan Carillo (guitar tks 1,2); Kofo (talking drum - tk 1.) 

Tracks 8 - 9: Morris Goldberg (alto, sax/penny whistle); Anton Fig (drums); Chulo Gatewood (bass); Diego Urcola (trumpet); Cyro Baptisto (perc.); Richard Cummings (keys); Cecilia Tenconi (tenor sax); John Guth (guitar).


Patti Durham (on F/b) said...

As an aside from shaking my booty to this, I’d also like to say how interesting the cover artwork is!

Lance said...

Graphic design by Christopher Drukker.

Ann Alex said...

As a penny whistle player, I've always contended that you can play jazz on it. I may even turn up at a jam session with my whistle, when venues open again! Just don't encourage me, or I might even bring the bodhran and ukulele as well!

Russell said...

Don't worry Ann, I won't give you any encouragement...

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