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Charles Lloyd: "I'm raring to go out to play, because I know I'll find something to explain the inexplicable." (DownBeat August 2022)

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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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.

Sunday, August 22, 2021

CD Review: June Garber – Off The Carousel

June Garber (vocals); Lou Pomanti (keyboards except track 6) + collectively: Steve Heathcote (drums); Marc Rogers (bass); Jake Langley (guitar); Drew Jurecka (strings); William Sperandei (trumpet); Robyn Black (background vocals)

This is one for people who like musical theatre as well as jazz, because some of the singing is close to the more dramatic musical theatre style and the inclusion of strings on most tracks adds to that effect.  No accident because June Garber is also an actor.

A native of South Africa, Ms Garber settled in Canada to become a leading vocalist with a career spanning four decades. After touring with her own 8-piece band to places such as Las Vegas, Atlantic City and Toronto, her jazz career didn't actually begin until 2003. This, Garber's fourth jazz album,  is meant to convey life's journey as a wild carousel ride both rough and smooth This is shown by the choice of songs and well summed up by the last and shortest track, Rules Of The Road, which moves along with witty lyrics sung to organ-like sounds from the keyboard.

The voice is clear and pleasing, but the strings are more suited to some tracks than others, for instance they worked well on Windmills of Your Mind, but were not so effective on The Shadow of Your Smile. It was good to hear honest to goodness jazz solos, such as the trumpet on Come to me High. Just for a Thrill featured a skilled male singer in duet, Jackie Richardson, not listed elsewhere. Chick Corea’s Spain was one of my favourite tracks, a Spanish guitar with lots of rhythm, backing singers, and a clapping sound from the drums.

It's a miracle of Covid era recording that we have this CD at all, as the album was mixed by keysman Lou Pomanti from remotely recorded tracks. It is available from September 17 via VesuviusMusic Inc. See www.junegarber.com.

Plus, on a personal level, I have been rewarded with a bonus for doing this review, sort of. The information sheet supplied was in both English and French, so I can practise my 'O' Level French. Merci bien! Ann Alex

He Never Mentioned Love; Windmills of Your Mind; Just For A Thrill; Spain; Shadow Of Your Smile; When October Goes; Come to me High; Rules Of The Road

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