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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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13,806 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1223 of them this year alone and, so far, 50 this month (Oct. 13).

From This Moment On ...

October

Sun 17: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 17: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club. 1:00pm.
Sun 17: Shunyata Improvisation Group @ Unitarian Church, Newcastle. 1:30pm.
Sun 17: Vula Viel @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 18: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 20: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 20: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 20: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 20: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 8:00pm.

Thu 21: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 21: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Bar Loco, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra.
Thu 21: Alter Ego @ St James' & St Basil's Church, Newcastle 7:30pm.
Thu 21: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 21: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 22: Mick Shoulder Quartet @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Quartet featuring Alex Clarke (BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year finalist).
Fri 22: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: Paul Edis Trio w Ruth Lambert @ St Cuthbert's Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.
Fri 22: Michael Feinstein @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Fri 22: Peter Morgan Trio @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 23: Mary Coughlan @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sat 23: Têtes de Pois @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 24 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 24: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 24: Voices of Virtue Gospel Choir @ The Globe, Newcastle. 4:00pm.
Sun 24: Milne Glendinning Band @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Thursday, July 08, 2021

Album review: Bob Mintzer & WDR Big Band Cologne - Soundscapes

Throughout Bob Mintzer's association with the WDR Big Band the American's primary focus has been to present the band at its best, either in showcase concert performances or working alongside high profile guest artists. Now, after six years as the WDR's chief conductor, it's time for the composer-arranger-conductor to step into the spotlight. Soundscapes, comprising ten of Mintzer's compositions across a generous playing time of almost sixty eight minutes, features the long standing member of the Yellowjackets on tenor saxophone and EWI. 


The opening track, A Reprieve, a brand new original, features Mintzer on the latter instrument with Paul Heller soloing on tenor sax. The American-German pairing joust again on Whack, its slow groove expertly handled by the ensemble. Herky Jerky is a swinger featuring Johan Hörlén's alto sax and Ruud Breuls' trumpet solo. VM (Mintzer's homage to Vince Mendoza) closes the album. Alto saxophonist Karolina Strassmayer stretches out on the mid-tempo number with Breuls stepping out from the trumpet section once more. The soloists on Soundscapes are first rate and the ensemble work is of the highest standard. Soundscapes is available on the Jazzline label (cat. no D 77082). Russell

Bob Mintzer (composer, arranger, conductor, tenor sax, EWI); Johan Hörlen, Karolina Strassmayer (alto sax, woodwinds); Olivier Peters, Paul Heller (tenor sax, woodwinds); Jens Neufang (baritone sax, woodwinds): Wim Both, Rob Bruynen, Andy Haderer, Ruud Breuls (trumpets); Ludwig Nuss, Raphael Klemm, Andy Hunter (trombones); Mattis Cederberg (bass trombone); Billy Test (piano) Paul Shigihara (guitar); Stefan Rey (acoustic bass, electric bass); Hans Dekker (drums) 

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