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Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

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14438 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 716 of them this year alone and, so far, 13 this month (August 6).

From This Moment On ...

August

Wed 10: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 10: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Wed 10: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 10: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 10: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 11: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 11: Baghdaddies @ Cumberland Arms, Newcastle. Time TBC.
Thu 11: Indigo Jazz Voices: Little Big Band Special @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm. POSTPONED!
Thu 11: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. Guests Donna Hewitt (sax) Josh Bentham (sax) Garry Hadfield (keys).

Fri 12: Ben Gilbert Trio @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm.
Fri 12: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 12: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 12: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Sun 14: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 14: Tees Valley Jazzmen @ Hammer & Pincers, Preston le Skerne. 1:00pm.
Sun 14: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ West Park, South Shields. 2:00pm.
Sun 14: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 14: Anth Purdy @ Blues & Bourbon, Newcastle. 4:00pm. Free.
Sun 14: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Sun 14: Sunday Night Am Jam Special @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Note start time.

Mon 15: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 15: Stu Collingwood Organ Trio @ Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Album review: Mikael Máni - Nostalgia Machine

Mikael Máni Asmundsson (guitar); Magnús Trygvason Elíassen (drums); Lilja María Ásmundsdóttir (piano, celeste, metallophone, electronics); Ingibjörg Elsa Turchi (electric bass); Sölvi Kolbeinsson (clarinet, sax); Marína Ósk Þórólfsdóttir (vocals).

I missed the release date by four days - I thought I'd passed it on to a more deserving case - but, here I am endeavouring to pass on my words of wisdom (there's a first for everything) which, initially, I thought may stretch even my famed diplomacy.

The title of the album suggested it might be down my street but, to quote an oft used phrase - nostalgia ain't what it used to be. That's not to say that this Icelandic offering is without merit. Máni, we're told, aims to portray how the emotions felt while listening become imprinted within what is heard and later conjure up memories of that specific moment when discovered once again. In my case, I'll recall that I'd just spent days in self-isolation.

Máni describes his music as jarm - a subtle blend of jazz, rock and impressionism. It's a good description and one that deserves to enter the mainstream of jazz terminology.

Apart from the leader, there's some nice clarinet involvement. All the musicians tend to operate within a minimalist framework that in no way detracts from the end result of Máni's compositions. It's well worth checking out.

This is Icelandic cool. Lance.

Proper music.

Nostalgia Machine; Trying to Stay Afloat; Let's Start at the Beginning; Two Sisters; Ani; I Want to Know Better; Almost there; My Day with Pierre; Last Stop Before Final Destination; Be Still, Sinking Heart; The Attic.

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