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Bebop Spoken There

Charlotte Keeffe: "I don't know what I'm going to play any more than you [the audience] do." - (Jazz North East/Jazz Co-op gig June 13, 2021)

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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.

Postage

13,359 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 777 of them this year alone and, so far, 51 this month (June 13).

From This Moment On

JUNE

Wed 16: Washboard Resonators @ Punchbowl Hotel, Jesmond, Newcastle (8:00pm). SOLD OUT!

Thu 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside (1:00pm).

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: www.jazz.coop.

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

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

Monday, June 07, 2021

Album review: Mario Bakuna Band - Brazilian Landscapes

Mario Bakuna (guitar/vocals/trumpet vocals); Sam Watts (piano); Matheus Nova (bass); Marcinho Pereira (drums).

Brazilian born, now London based, Bakuna has had a much-travelled career. Not just in his own country but also at various festivals around the world. That he is a worthy musical ambassador is well-demonstrated in this jaunty album.

The rhythms are infectious, proving that there is more to Brazil than the bossa nova. The blurb describes Brazil as the most musically-rich country in the world and they may well be right.

The fact that all of the lyrics are in Portuguese, which isn't my first language, means that although I haven't a clue what the songs are all about it doesn't detract from the enjoyment - a comparision could be drawn with Italian opera or scat-singing. For a Gringo such as myself the voice is seen as another instrument. Even more so when Bakuna takes a vocal trumpet solo.

Piano, bass and drums are on the centavos and Pereira's solo over a piano vamp on the final track is truly extraordinário. Lance

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