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Bebop Spoken There

Maurice J. Summerfield: "Over dinner one night Barney [Kessel] told me about his seminar The Effective Guitarist, and in 1972 my company presented the first of twelve annual UK seminars in Newcastle upon Tyne." - (Just Jazz Guitar, September 1997)

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!"

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15087 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 106 of them this year alone and, so far, 4 this month (Feb. 1).

From This Moment On ...

February

Sat 04: Alligator Gumbo @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.
Sat 04: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: John Pope - Up Your Rhythm Game. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 04: King Bees @ Grainger Market, Newcastle. 6:30pm (doors). Live music, comedy, DJs, food stalls. £10.00. advance, £15.00. on the door. Blues band King Bees on stage 9:45-11:15pm. A Great Market Caper event.
Sat 04: Jives Aces @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.
Sat 04: Renegade Brass Band @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors).
Sat 04: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00.

Sun 05 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 05: Rivkala @ Cumberland Arms, Newcastle. 6:00pm.
Sun 05: Jive Aces @ Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Sun 05: Dale Storr @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 05: Jam No.13 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students alike).

Mon 06: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 07: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 7:30pm. House trio: Alan Law (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Rob Walker (drums). Jam session reverts to a first & third Tuesday in the month schedule.

Wed 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 08: Jam session @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Free. TBC.
Wed 08: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 08: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 08: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 09: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 4:00pm (this week only). Free.
Thu 09: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm. £5.00.
Thu 09: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 10: Alan Barnes w Dean Stockdale Trio @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00. SOLD OUT!
Fri 10: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 10: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 10: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 10: Alan Barnes w Dean Stockdale Trio @ Traveller's Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £12.00.

Monday, July 12, 2021

Album review: Joshua Cavanagh-Brierley - Joy in Bewilderment

Having spent many years around the Manchester Jazz Scene attending events large and small, I have noticed a new type of musician emerging in recent times. Way back in the 1960-1980’s jazz was seldom heard in local music schools and if any of the students played in a jazz group they had to keep quiet about it.

Now it’s all changed and instead of playing in pubs to the tables and chairs many young musicians today prefer to write their own music and produce their own albums.

A typical example is bass player and composer Cavanagh-Brierley’s third album, Joy in Bewilderment, where he utilises a 13 piece ensemble that includes three drummers and, in the line-up, there are two names I am familiar with, Kyran Matthews (tenor sax) and Sam Healey (alto sax). 

Kyran is well known for his involvement in the Manchester modern jazz scene and Sam Healey I recall from his work with the Beats and Pieces Big Band.

Both do a great job solo-wise. Also along for the ride is the American tenor sax titan Chris Potter who has a guest spot on I’ll do as I Please.  The tune Brew is a feature for guitarist Daniel Brew who has a Pat Metheny sound which suits the composition.  Ophelia’s Arrival contains a superb alto solo from Sam Healey that builds to a fiery climax.   

There is another guest in the form of singer Caoilfhionn Rose who is heard on Forbidden Words which also includes a tenor solo by Kyran Matthews - a player who’s always on the money.  

The track Attachment is one that has bassist Cavanagh-Brierley playing a reflective solo on the studio mini-grand - a nice contrast to the rest of the album.       

I like the strangely-titled You Can’t Whistle a Haircut which has a great arrangement featuring the trombone section before leading to a tenor solo and ending in a noisy climax.

This is probably not an  album that a listener, looking for straight ahead swinging jazz would go for, but there is such a creative vibe present that it reminds me of some of the larger Mingus ensembles such as Black Saint and the Sinner Lady. I played the album several times before I formed an opinion and my advice is, if you want something out of the ordinary then check it out. Mike Farmer.

Available July 16 on Ubuntu-UBU0084 - Details.

Gavin Hibberd   (trumpet); Sam Healey (alto sax); Kyran Matthews, Chris Potter  (tenor sax); Anthony Brown (baritone sax); Ellie Whitley, Rich McVeigh, (trombones); Caoilfhionn Rose (vocals); Daniel Brew (guitar); Daniel Wellins (piano/ keys); Joshua Cavanagh-Brierley (electric bass/double bass/piano); Alan Taylor,    Grant Kershaw, Craig Hanson  (drums) + The Amika Quartet: Simmy Singh, Laura Senuor  (violins);  Lucy Nolan (viola); Peggy Nolan  (cello).

1 comment :

Russell said...

In recent years Kyran Matthews has made a big impression as a member of the award-winning Managers Big Band at the annual Great North Big Band Jazz Festival. This suggests Joy in Bewilderment is an album well worth checking out.

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