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Emma Rawicz: "I'm at a place where I'm really happy, but why stop there? Okay isn't really good enough." - (Jazzwise November 2021)

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.
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Postage

13,645 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1264 of them this year alone and, so far, 91 this month (Oct. 27).

From This Moment On ...

October

Wed 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 27: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 27: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 28: J Frisco @ Newcastle University. 1:15pm. ONLINE ONLY (YouTube).
Thu 28: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 28: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 28: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 29: James Birkett & Bradley Johnston @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.

Sun 31 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon..
Sun 31: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. .
Sun 31: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Jam session..
Sun 31: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 31: Spooky Jazz @ The Shed, Wylam Library..
6:00-7:30pm. Free, collection for Parkinson's UK.
Sun 31: Alison Rayner Quintet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

November

Mon 01: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 03: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 03: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 03: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 03: Washboard Resonators @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

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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